Ken Tucker

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'Louisiana Hayride Tonight' Revisits A Small-Time Show That Hosted Big-Name Stars

Thursday, January 04, 2018

A new 20-disc box set contains over 500 performances from the Shreveport, La., program that served as a talent showcase for country acts in the 1950s — including Hank Williams and Elvis Presley.


Singer-Songwriter Curtis Harding Drops His Guard On 'Face Your Fear'

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Atlanta-based musician blends contrasting pop genres on his second album. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Face Your Fear reveals Harding's deep knowledge of R&B.


Ken Tucker Looks Back On 2017 In Music

Monday, December 18, 2017

Fresh Air's music critic presents his annual list of favorite music — along with some thoughts about the rock, pop and country stars who died in 2017.


Taylor Swift Pushes Further Into Electro-Pop With 'Reputation'

Monday, November 13, 2017

Swift brings together pulsing drumbeats, surging keyboards and multi-tracked vocals on her new album. The result is a record that mixes passion and emotion with careful control.


Bob Dylan Redeems A Frequently Scorned Period Of His Career On 'Trouble No More'

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A new nine-disc set chronicles the music Dylan made between 1979 and 1981 during his so-called "born again" period, which saw him turn to evangelical Christianity as a theme.


Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has a new album that explores the joys of long-term commitment. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the collection is her most personal and accessible to date.


Singer/Songwriter Jhené Aiko Displays Her Ambition And Range On 'Trip'

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Aiko created some of the music on Trip as a response to losing her brother to cancer. Critic Ken Tucker says the album features sorrow and grief — as well as an attempt to escape from sadness.


Deer Tick Demonstrates Its Ambition And Range On 2 New Albums

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Rhode Island quartet is back with two new albums, titled Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2. Critic Ken Tucker says first is largely acoustic, while the second features a louder electric sound.


Matthew Sweet's Melodic Hooks Tug At The Heart On 'Tomorrow Forever'

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sweet recalls the time just before rock 'n' roll became self-consciously "rock" on his first album of new songs in six years. Critic Ken Tucker calls the music on Tomorrow Forever "wholly unironic."


Daniel Romano's 'Modern Pressure' Is The Work Of A Confident Pop Craftsman

Monday, August 21, 2017

The singer-songwriter mostly recorded this album in a cabin in Sweden. You can hear that intensity and obsessiveness in his attractive, eccentric pieces, which sometimes sound like works-in-progress.


Reissued 'Party Of One' Captures Nick Lowe At His Witty, Melodic Best

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Six albums the British songwriter recorded between 1982 and 1990 are being reissued in remastered versions. Critic Ken Tucker singles out Party of One as being among Lowe's finest works.


Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'

Friday, August 04, 2017

Newman mixes cynicism and romanticism on his first studio album of new material since 2008. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Dark Matter offers a fresh recording of songs both new and old.


Good Music Is The Best Revenge On Waxahatchee's 'Out In The Storm'

Monday, July 24, 2017

Katie Crutchfield, who performs under the name Waxahatchee, releases energy and emotion with pinpoint precision on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.


Jens Lekman Infuses Love Songs With Transporting Metaphors On 'Life Will See You Now'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Swedish singer-songwriter's new album owes more to pop, disco and hip-hop than it does to rock or folk. Critic Ken Tucker says Life Will See You Now is marked by a "transporting loveliness."


Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking

Friday, June 23, 2017

Berry, who died in March at the age of 90, left behind an album of new material, his first such collection since 1979. Rejecting nostalgia, Berry's last project is interesting and energetic.


Angaleena Presley Takes Aim At Nashville On 'Wrangled'

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Presley makes a passionate, pointed plea about the current state of country music on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says that despite its melodramatic nature, Wrangled is subtle, nuanced and clever.


Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Emotions like lust and love serve as metaphors for social and political struggles on Lamar's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the music on DAMN. signals the artist's bold refusal to back down.


The Menzingers Face Down The Aging Process In 'After The Party'

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Philadelphia-based quartet idealizes youth and innocence on its new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the nostalgia on After The Party is "mostly free of excess sentimentality."


Jessi Colter Sets 'The Psalms' To Chords On An Original, Idiosyncratic New Album

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The country singer teams up with producer Lenny Kaye on her new record of spiritual songs. Critic Ken Tucker says the result is one of the most distinctive recordings he's heard in a while.


Singer-Songwriter Valerie June Draws On Her Southern Roots In 'The Order Of Time'

Monday, April 03, 2017

Though the Tennessee-born musician lives in Brooklyn now, she still takes inspiration from the Gospel music she grew up with. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews June's latest album.