Ken Tucker

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'Barn' is Neil Young's best album in quite a while

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Young has long been a nature writer, composing pastorals about the environment. Barn finds him composing lyrical hymns to the earth and sky, or raging against destruction on the horizon.


This year's best songs come from some of the youngest — and oldest — artists

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

From 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo to 83-year-old Peter Stampfel, critic Ken Tucker says the music he most enjoyed in 2021 was recorded by artists who were either very young or quite old.


'30' is a complicated album that shows just how broad Adele's appeal is

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Adele is a rare thing right now: an artist whose appeal cuts across genres and generations. Her new album about divorce features thrilling, exhilarating songs about being absolutely miserable.


Jackson+Sellers bring passion and grittiness to 'Breaking Point'

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Jade Jackson and Aubrie Sellers are singer-songwriters who each had a solo career before getting together. Their debut album showcases a new sound that neither of them had ever achieved individually.


'Feel Flows' captures the Beach Boys at the peak of their artistry

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A new 5-disc reissue of the 1970 and 1971 albums Sunflower and Surf's Up reveals the Beach Boys at a crossroads, having moved beyond surf-music pop hits, and shooting for more mainstream success.


Remixed Pere Ubu Albums Bring Fresh Intimacy To The Band's Vocals

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Pere Ubu leader David Thomas remixed two of his favorite Ubu albums, 1998's Pennsylvania and 2002's St. Arkansas, saying that the remixes are so substantial, they amount to being two new albums.


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.