Ken Tucker

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'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.


Country's Kacey Musgraves Mixes Wit And Sincerity In 'Pageant Material'

Monday, July 06, 2015

The 26-year-old singer focuses on cleverly constructed lyrics — instead of rebellion — in her new record. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer falls short of creating a "sustained great album."


Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Texas-raised singer connects to R&B music from the past — and challenges himself to give it an updated sound — in his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Bridges' album packs an emotional punch.


Shamir Bailey Invites Everyone In, With Plenty Of Pop Star Potential

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The young singer and songwriter lets his voice soar on his debut album, Ratchet. Rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of the year's most striking collections, full of energy and optimism.


Joanna Gruesome's 'Peanut Butter' Rises Above The Band's Gimmicky Name

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Welsh band's name is a play on that of singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom. Ken Tucker likens the group's second album to a high-wire act accompanied by "furiously strummed punk-rock guitar chords."


Country Hit Writer Chris Stapleton Breaks Out On His Own In 'Traveller'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Nashville songwriter has written countless hits for other artists. Critic Ken Tucker says that Stapleton's debut solo album showcases a wide range of musical styles with a distinctive sound.


Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

Friday, May 01, 2015

McKay's new album My Weekly Reader is a collection of covers of songs made famous in the 1960s. The range of material is wide — from the Beatles' "If I Fell" to Frank Zappa's "Hungry Freaks, Daddy."


Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Monday, April 27, 2015

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.


Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the album is one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.


The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Finds Refuge In The Ring

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says The Mountain Goats' concept album about pro wrestling is filled with a remarkable range of melodies and moods.


There Is A Rich World In Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Fresh Air music critic Ken Tucker says the rapper's second album has an excitingly adventurous sound.


Courtney Barnett Makes Ennui Vivid On Debut Album

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Barnett just released her first full album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter.


Brandi Carlile's Surging Voice Grounds 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'

Monday, March 16, 2015

Carlile has been releasing albums for the past 10 years, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says her new one, called The Firewatcher's Daughter, is her best yet.