Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker appears in the following:

Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Monday, May 23, 2016

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."


Car Seat Headrest Is Gloriously Morose In 'Teens of Denial'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Will Toledo, the singer-songwriter who performs under the name Car Seat Headrest, is ambitious and passionate on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record will make you want to sing along.


Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The pop star's latest release extols the potency of black womanhood in the roles of mother, wife, lover and artist. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls Lemonade a feat of "invention and imagination."


Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.


Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A 'Strikingly Original' Icon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Prince, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who died yesterday at his home in Minnesota, was "the most inventive and prolific pop musician of his generation."


Peter Wolf's 'Cure for Loneliness'? Music With An Undercurrent Of Melancholy

Monday, April 18, 2016

The former lead singer for the J. Geils Band has been making albums on his own since the mid-1980s. Reviewer Ken Tucker says his latest is one of the most varied collections Wolf has ever recorded.


Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.


At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

Friday, March 18, 2016

The country music legend's new album mixes original material with interpretations of country classics. Reviewer Ken Tucker says the record shows a vulnerability that is somewhat new to Lynn's music.


Lucius Layers Harmonies With Emotion In 'Good Grief'

Monday, March 14, 2016

The surging voices of two female lead singers create the signature sound of the five-piece band Lucius. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's new album, Good Grief, is often lovely and well-crafted.


Waco Brothers Mix Country And Punk On 'Going Down In History'

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Waco Brothers recently released their first album of original material in more than a decade. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Going Down in History is "urgent, precise and pointed."


Bonnie Raitt Explores Her Roots In 'Dig In Deep'

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Raitt's new album is dominated by uptempo songs, R&B sounds and complex emotions. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the singer's distinctive style gives Dig In Deep a "vital glow."


Westerberg And Hatfield Aim For The Heart With 'Wild Stab'

Monday, February 15, 2016

The debut album by the I Don't Cares features two familiar voices — Paul Westerberg and the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Wild Stab "will grab you."


Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

Friday, February 05, 2016

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.


'Leave Me Alone' Blends Harshness With Beauty

Monday, January 25, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the debut album by the Spanish quartet Hinds. "These four women revive the notion of do-it-yourself punk musicianship," Tucker says of Leave Me Alone.


Groove Master Benji Hughes Sings 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The singer-songwriter plays most of the instruments himself on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says you can hear a love for pop music in Hughes' silly sentiments and artful arrangements.


British Singer Ellie Goulding Strikes An Inventive Chord With 'Delirium'

Monday, January 04, 2016

The "Love Me Like You Do" singer created her new album as an experiment — to see if she could make a "big pop album." Reviewer Ken Tucker says Goulding's experimental effort was worth the risk.


With 'Have Moicy 2', Peter Stampfel Issues A Sequel 4 Decades In The Making

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The singer-songwriter's original Have Moicy! album, released in '76, mixed folk, blues and country. Critic Ken Tuckers says that despite the long wait, Stampfel's follow-up has a real immediacy to it.


From Hip-Hop To Country, Critic Ken Tucker Assesses The Best Of 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rock Critic Ken Tucker presents his playlist for 2015, which includes the Alabama Shakes, Bruno Mars and Ashley Monroe, among others. For reading pleasure, he suggests Real Life Rock, by Greil Marcus.


Adele Returns, With A Restrained, Emotionally Controlled '25'

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Rock critic Ken Tucker discusses the British singer's popularity and her new album, 25. "In a pop world overflowing with singers who want to blow you away, Adele wants to talk with you," he says.


Rocker Wreckless Eric Brings Nostalgia To A New Solo Effort

Monday, November 16, 2015

The British singer-songwriter who came to prominence during the punk-rock era of the late 1970s sings about his adopted homeland in his new album, amERICa. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.