Ken Tucker

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Actor Karen Black Shines As A Singer/Songwriter On 'Dreaming of You'

Monday, September 13, 2021

Best known for her roles in films like Five Easy Pieces and Easy Rider, Black, who died in 2013, also recorded music in the 1970s. A new album highlights some of her strongest work.


Songs Of Summer, From Olivia Rodrigo, Willow And Japanese Breakfast

Friday, August 13, 2021

Critic Ken Tucker compiled his list of 2021 summer songs while traveling on vacation. His picks are "Brutal," by Olivia Rodrigo; "Transparent Soul," by Willow; and "Be Sweet," by Japanese Breakfast.


Posthumously Released Prince Album Speaks To Today's America

Monday, August 09, 2021

Six years before his death in 2016, Prince recorded — but did not release — Welcome 2 America. Who knows why Prince opted to hide it away in 2010; this album's sound is very much of-the-moment.


Albums By The Murlocs And King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Explore New Sounds

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Murlocs are a side project of sorts to King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, where Ambrose Kenny-Smith and guitarist Cook Craig join other musicians to amalgamate all different styles of pop.


3 New Songs Show How Veteran Musicians Keep Things Fresh Over The Long Haul

Thursday, July 01, 2021

It's a quandary many musicians face: Create material that explores new territory or give variations of the same? Tom Jones, Jackson Browne and John Mayer each answer that question in new releases.


New Takes On Old Songs In 'Standing In The Doorway' And 'The Waylon Sessions'

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Chrissie Hynde sings Bob Dylan and Shannon McNally performs songs associated with country singer Waylon Jennings. They both use the structures the men built to create their own rich emotional spaces.


Allison Russell Displays A Bursting Range Of Music On 'Outside Child'

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Russell cut her new album in a scant four days, pouring a lifetime of experiences into it. Outside Child is the confession of a woman who's faced hellish experiences and emerged with uncommon grace.


Sophia Kennedy's 'Monsters' Showcases The Method Of A Restless Experimenter

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

For her second solo album, Kennedy's array of diverse songs — from thumping electronica to full-throated crooning — shows us she won't be pinned down


Carsie Blanton's Open-Hearted Protest Album Is Equal Parts 'Love & Rage'

Monday, April 26, 2021

Blanton describes many of the songs on her new album as "anti-fascist anthems." Critic Ken Tucker says Love & Rage doesn't sound like typical protest music — which makes it all the more effective.


Elizabeth King's Gospel Sound Transports Believers And Non-Believers Alike

Monday, March 29, 2021

King made some recordings in the 1970s, but then quit the music business to raise her children. Now in her late 70s, she's released her first full-length solo album: Living in the Last Days.


Julien Baker Chronicles Her Own Path To Redemption On 'Little Oblivions'

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Baker supplies nearly all of the guitars, drums, synthesizers, banjo, and mandolin on her new album. It's a confessional and frequently beautiful record about mental distress and addiction.


With 'The Dream' Hailey Whitters Sings About The Ups And Downs Of Showbiz

Monday, March 08, 2021

The country singer spent more than a decade in Nashville before her first record broke through in 2020. Now she's adding five new songs in an expanded version of that album called, Living The Dream.


Heartbreak, 3 Ways: New Songs Confront The Ache And Fury Of Lost Love

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Jazmine Sullivan's "Pick Up Your Feelings"; Matthew Sweet's "At a Loss"; and Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" prove that people experience heartbreak in as many ways as a heart can be broken.


Folk Musician Peter Stampfel Pays Homage To 100 Favorite Songs On '20th Century'

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A new five-CD set features Stampfel's recording of a favorite song for each year of the last century. The resulting collection is a wonderful survey of popular music — as well as lots of great fun.


Bee Gees Documentary Traces The Gibb Brothers' Pathway To Stardom

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Of the three Bee Gees, only Barry Gibb is still alive. His new album is Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Volume 1. The HBO documentary, The Bee Gees, tells the story of the group's rise.


3 New Holiday Songs Tap Into The Cheer — And Despair — Of The Season

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The holidays have never felt more ambivalent — a feeling captured by Phoebe Bridgers' "Christmas Song"; The Bird and the Bee's "You and I at Christmas Time"; and Nick Lowe's "Winter Wonderland."


A Year Like No Other: Ken Tucker Picks 10 Albums That Made An Art Of Escapism

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The pandemic, along with unprecedented political and social upheaval, created a year in which listeners sought to be transported. Enter these 10 albums. At the top of the list: X's Alphabetland.


From Springsteen To Stevie Wonder, Veteran Musicians Capture The Moment

Friday, October 30, 2020

Three new songs from established acts speak to the times: "Ghosts," by Bruce Springsteen; "Can't Put It in the Hands of Fate," by Stevie Wonder; and "Didn't Want to Be This Lonely," by The Pretenders.


Low Cut Connie Showcases A New Ambition On 'Private Lives'

Monday, October 12, 2020

Once known as a loud bar band, Low Cut Connie bends classic rock to meet ever-more complex emotionalism. The resulting album is filled with songs about lovers, losers and beautiful dreamers.


Super Deluxe Release Of Prince's 'Sign O' The Times' Holds Up As A Masterpiece

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Prince's creativity is more impressive than ever on a new version of his highly praised 1987 album — now with three discs of previously unreleased material.