Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker appears in the following:

If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Lauderdale's career is at once admirable and somewhat puzzling.


Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it


Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lana Del Rey continues a time-honored pop tradition of developing a public persona that challenges fans to decide what's real and what's not.


Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.


Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Platinum continues Miranda Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.


John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Monday, June 02, 2014

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.


Two New Items From Hank Williams

Monday, May 26, 2014

Williams is commonly considered the most important country music songwriter. Critic Ken Tucker has a review of a newly released CD of radio broadcasts and DVD of TV performances.


Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.


tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Monday, May 05, 2014

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.


For Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sometimes Sanity Is The Better Option

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Make My Head Sing... is an album of contradictions. It's full of unreliable narrators who sometimes revel in jealousy, willful insanity and drugs, even as her voice and the music suggest otherwise.


A Duo's Debut Album: A Collaboration From 'The Both'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann's opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is "The Both."


Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

Friday, April 04, 2014

The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about and re-imagined.


Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran often places his left-wing politics front and center in his music and his art. Here Be Monsters has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.


Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.


Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Olsen has often been called a folk singer, but Ken Tucker says her new album — her first with a backing band — takes her music into an unclassifiable realm.


Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

Thursday, March 06, 2014

To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.


Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

Monday, March 03, 2014

Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.


Vertical Scratchers: Slashed Chords, Fractured Poetry

Monday, February 24, 2014

Daughter of Everything is a superb pop album with one foot in the past and another in the future.


Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.


Don't Pigeonhole Me, Bro: New Country Albums On The Borderline

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.