Ken Tucker

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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.


The CMAs And Old Dominion Showcase An Elastic, Expansive Country Style

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ken Tucker says that Justin Timberlake's duet with Chris Stapleton the Country Music Awards and Meat and Candy, the new hip-hop-influenced album by Old Dominion, showcase a new style of country.


Three Songs That Expose Frayed Nerves And Yearning

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Critic Ken Tucker considers three songs by three artists: Elvis Costello's "I Can't Turn It Off," Lana Del Rey's cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and Eleanor Friedberger's "Alphabet City."


'Portrait of an American Singer' Revives The Memory Of Tennessee Ernie Ford

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tennessee Ernie Ford was a hugely popular singer in the 1950s and 60s. Now, a new 5-disc boxed set attempts to reintroduce Ford to a new audience. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.


An Under-The-Radar Musician Slips Into The Spotlight With 'Oh My Goodness'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Veteran songwriter Donnie Fritts has mixed blues, rock, soul and country throughout his long and winding career. Ken Tucker says Fritts' new solo album showcases the musician's "shrewd ruminations."


'Gates Of Gold' Showcases Los Lobos' Musical Influences And Extends The Band's Sound

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Now in its fourth decade of music-making, Los Lobos just released its first studio album since 2010. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Gates of Gold is "full of thick, mysterious music."


Grace Potter's Solo Album 'Midnight' Mixes Styles And Rhythms

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In her first solo album, Potter moves away from the hard-rock groove for which she's known and explores new genres. Critic Ken Tucker says Midnight "sounds like the breakaway from formula that it is."


Carly Rae Jepsen Mixes Bubble-Gum Pop With Ache And Anguish On 'Emotion'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The "Call Me Maybe" singer proves she's not just a one-hit wonder with her new album. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Jepsen's record is "adventurously diverse in both its sounds and its sentiments."


Poetry Is Set To Melody In Iris DeMent's 'The Trackless Woods'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Poems by the Russian writer Anna Akhmatova form the basis of singer Iris DeMent's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Akhmatova and DeMent share an urge to articulate "sorrow, sacrifice and gratitude."


Daniel Romano's Eccentric 'Countrypolitan' Sound Blends Sincerity And Irony

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Canadian musician Daniel Romano specializes in country music that's a throwback to a bygone era. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls his new album, If I've Only One Time Askin', a "moving collection."


Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rock critic Ken Tucker says the third studio album from country star Ashley Monroe "is a collection of deceptively pretty songs that cohere as a strong, serious piece of work."


'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Singer-songwriter Miguel mixes rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and funk on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the musical slight-of-hand that results is "excitingly diverse and vivid."


Jason Isbell's 'Something More Than Free' Rings With The Promise of Joy

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The former member of the Drive-by Truckers unleashes his storytelling skills in his new album, Something More Than Free. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Isbell's lyrics reward a close listen.