Ken Tucker

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The xx Mix Atmospheric Pop And Warm Soulfulness On 'I See You'

Monday, March 06, 2017

Critic Ken Tucker reviews the British group The xx's third album. "Beneath its sleek beauty, there's a fresh joyousness ... that at its best is something close to inspirational," he says of I See You.

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Tift Merritt Mixes Quirky Metaphors And Folk Sounds On 'Stitch Of The World'

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Acoustic guitar and the occasional faint cry of a pedal steel guitar frame Merritt's vocals on her new album. Rock Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fresh Air's rock critic presents his playlist for 2016. It includes big pop stars, beloved cult stars and a couple of not-yet-stars.

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Singer Allyson Seconds Revitalizes Power-Pop On 'Little World'

Friday, December 09, 2016

The second album by the California-based singer features an optimism often associated with West Coast pop. Critic Ken Tucker says Little World creates an "alternate universe of the sunniest sounds."

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Miranda Lambert Mixes Assertiveness With Vulnerability On Her New Record

Monday, December 05, 2016

Lambert's new release features 24 songs on 2 CDs. Critic Ken Tucker calls The Weight of These Wings a collection that "keeps on giving the deeper you get into it."

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The Deceptively Simple Sound Of Scott And Charlene's Wedding

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mid-Thirties Single Scene, the new album by the Australian group Scott and Charlene's Wedding, describes the thoughts and actions of a character who has just turned 34. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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Leonard Cohen Explores The Fragility Of Life In 'You Want It Darker'

Monday, October 31, 2016

The 82-year-old songwriter mixes serious contemplation with mordant humor on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says You Want It Darker features some of Cohen's simplest, most effective lyrics.

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Bob Weir Sings About Pinto Ponies And Ghost Towns On 'Blue Mountain'

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Weir goes solo on his new album, which was inspired by his time working as a ranch hand in Wyoming as a teen. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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Lucy Dacus' 'No Burden' Features Strong Music About Weak Moments

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Dacus mixes plainspoken language with rock-music instrumentation on her debut album. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer-songwriter's vulnerability goes against the grain of much current pop music.

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Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

Monday, September 26, 2016

Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it's clear that the singer is "very much in control of her emotions and her life."

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Country Singer Kelsey Waldon Reaches Back To An Earlier Era In 'I've Got A Way'

Monday, September 12, 2016

Waldon puts a distinctive spin on classic country with her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls her singing, which avoids excessive emotion or embellishment, "the musical version of hard-boiled prose."

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Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

Monday, August 29, 2016

A new drama series on Netflix chronicles the rise of early hip-hop music in the late '70s. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the show's soundtrack is dense, complex and delightful.

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Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."

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Earls Of Leicester Mix Bluegrass With Gospel And Honky-Tonk On 'Rattle & Roar'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The band, which began as a tribute to the The Foggy Mountain Boys, won a Grammy for their debut album in 2015. Critic Ken Tucker says the Earls' new record, Rattle & Roar, lives up to its title.

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From Brexit To The U.S. Presidential Race, Musicians Respond To Political Turmoil

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Critic Ken Tucker reviews new music by the British punk band The Mekons and the American country-rock band The Mavericks. Both groups have recorded new songs that were inspired by recent news events.

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R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Monday, July 25, 2016

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."

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Mitski Creates A Heightened Remembrance Of Adolescence On 'Puberty 2'

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The young singer-songwriter has described herself as "half-Japanese, half-American, but not fully either." Critic Ken Tucker says her fourth album, Puberty 2, has an impressively wide range of sounds.

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Maren Morris Mixes Country, Pop And Hip-Hop On 'Hero'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The singer-songwriter brings a fluid sense of musical boundaries to her first major-label album. Critic Ken Tucker says Hero features "very good, state-of-the-art pop country" music.

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Margaret Glaspy Draws On 'Emotions And Math' For Her Debut Album

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Singer-songwriter Glaspy plays a variety of instruments, but concentrates mainly on guitar on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Emotions and Math blends complexity with "deceptive directness."

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