Ken Tucker

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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.


Country Singer Mickey Guyton Opens Up About Race And Gender In 'Black Like Me'

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Guyton's hit song, off her EP Bridges, is about feeling like a stranger in one's own land. The issues Guyton raises pose new challenges — not just to country music, but to our country itself.


The Happy Fits Deliver Fresh And Snappy Pop On 'What Could Be Better'

Monday, September 14, 2020

The musical trio met in college and are now making some of the catchiest tunes around. Their sound features a guitarist, a drummer and one lead singer — who's also a classically trained cellist.


3 Beautiful Songs Offer Comfort In The Face Of Cruelty

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Looking for music that's soothing without being sentimental? Listen to "Guilty," by Courtney Marie Andrews; "Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg," by Swamp Dogg; and "End of My Rope," by Pokey LaFarge.


With 'Folklore,' Taylor Swift Marks Off Her Past And Enters A New Phase

Friday, July 31, 2020

Swift's eighth studio album came as a surprise. In the isolation of the past months, she's cooked up a yeasty kind of sugar-free pop that rises above much recent music-making.


HAIM Radiates Sunniness In 'Women In Music Pt. III'

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The new album by three Los Angeles sisters feels like it was meant to be blasted loud in your car as you try to time all the green lights along Sunset Boulevard.


Bob Dylan's 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' Breathes, Expands And Contracts

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The good songs on Dylan's latest record inflate with interest; the mediocre songs start to shrink and slink away. And there's a striking amount of upbeat rhythm & blues on the album.


Lady Gaga And Carly Rae Jepsen, Both With Bold Albums, Make Isolation Less Lonely

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The electric instrumentation of Lady Gaga's flashy disco record Chromatica and Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated Side B provide a much-needed jolt for the COVID era.


LA Punk Band X Returns With Go-For-Broke Urgency In 'Alphabetland'

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

X's first album 35 years takes its place alongside the best work they've ever done. The music on Alphabetland is the sound of X snatching back its past in order to fuel the music of its future.


With 'Future Nostalgia,' Dua Lipa Reminds Us How To Feel Care-Free

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The pop singer's smart and snappy second album is a '70s and '80s disco throwback. The record immediately stands out from nearly all current popular music for its sheer, bursting joyfulness.


A Salute To John Prine, A Meticulous Craftsman With A Gift For Detail

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, who died April 7, took a journeyman's pride in unifying metaphor and metrical precision. Prine's eccentric music served him — and us — well for five decades.


K-Pop Band BTS Proves Its Skill And Influence On 'Map Of The Soul: 7'

Monday, March 16, 2020

BTS' new record features songs that vary from grandly dramatic to impishly playful. The album's been a near-instant hit, selling over 2 million copies in its first two hours of release in South Korea.


Best Coast Achieves A New, More Poignant Power On 'Almost Tomorrow'

Monday, March 09, 2020

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Bethany Cosentino opens up about sobriety on a propulsive new album with musical partner Bobb Bruno. Almost Tomorrow is Best Coast's first record in five years.


'Royal Albert Hall' Album Captures Bryan Ferry In All His Contradictory Glory

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Best known as the lead singer for Roxy Music, Ferry released two solo albums in the '70s filled with covers. A marvelous new concert album features Ferry performing many of these songs live.


John Moreland Brings Back The Old Fashioned Idea Of The Album With 'LP5'

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Tulsa, Okla.,-based singer-songwriter has a reputation for writing superb sad songs, but his new record shows a wider range of emotions, with novelistic details in the lyrics.


Destroyer Turns Nightmares Into Dreams With The Moody Album, 'Have We Met'

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Led by New Pornographers member Dan Bejar, the band takes inspiration from The Twilight Zone and Edgar Allan Poe to evoke a distressed intensity on its new record.


Andy Shauf Takes Risks On A Refreshing New Concept Album, 'Neon Skyline'

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Canadian singer-songwriter wrote, produced and performed all 11 songs on his new album, presenting himself as a lonely first-person narrator pining over an ex-girlfriend.


Marcus King Turns Toward Blue-Eyed Soul On The Solo Album 'El Dorado'

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The 23-year-old Southern blues rocker strikes out on his own with a soulful new album produced Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The record is a real beauty — and a turning-point for King.


Tyler Childers' 'Country Squire' Is Among The Best Country Albums Of 2019

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Blessed with a Kentucky croon and a gift for storytelling, Childers offers a slice of country life on his recent album, with songs about marriage, life on the road and the school bus he took as a kid.