Ken Tucker

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Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

Monday, May 06, 2013

"Pink Champagne," a song on Caitlin Rose's second album The Stand-In, presents Rose's voice in its sparest purity and veiled shrewdness. She sends her voice skyward, the notes as buoyant and light as the bubbles of the pink champagne she's singing about. Her high trills could, with only a slight ...

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Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' Of Good Songs — And Intentions

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse is yet another very good album from a singer, songwriter and guitarist who's made a bunch of them in a row. It features a slew of shrewd songs about finding pleasure and comfort in a frequently unpleasant, uncomfortable world. The music includes a bone-cracking song about ...

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Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Kacey Musgraves is something of an anomaly. A Texas native in her mid-20s, she fits most easily into the contemporary "country" category, but the work she co-writes with a variety of collaborators is really a throwback to an earlier era of singer-songwriters — as much influenced by rock and ...

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Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm and 'Experience'

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The orchestral swirls, the transition to a soul-man groove, the falsetto croon — there you have some of the key elements to Justin Timberlake's album The 20/20 Experience. The title implies a certain clarity of vision, even as any given song presents the singer as a starry-eyed romantic, ...

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Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences With 'Heartthrob'

Monday, March 11, 2013

"Closer," the first single from Tegan and Sara's new album Heartthrob, pulses with an urgency that's propelled by the synthesizer keyboards of one of the album's producers, Greg Kurstin. The sisters' voices entwine to sing the catchy chorus with a soaring quality that would be airy ...

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David Bowie Awakens To 'The Next Day' Of His Career

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The cover of David Bowie's new album The Next Day is actually the cover of Bowie's 1977 album Heroes, with a white square placed over the singer's face. It's a brilliantly simple yet shrewd piece of appropriated art, a gesture announcing that Bowie will not try to break with ...

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Ashley Monroe Is 'Like A Rose,' Briars And All

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The high lonesome sound of Ashley Monroe's Tennessee voice in "Like a Rose" serves as a clear signal that she's working within a tradition that extends back well beyond her twentysomething years on Earth. One of Monroe's collaborators in that song was Guy Clark, a seventysomething Texas country veteran ...

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Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

Monday, February 25, 2013

Guards is a New York band that just released its first full-length album, In Guards We Trust. In "Nightmare," the album's first track, you hear layered vocals and echoing drum thumps — it's like an inviting dream. Guards' music is big on atmospherics: When the band puts together a ...

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Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Critic Ken Tucker says that some songs on Tempest sound less like concentrated efforts than outpourings of rambling thoughts; others are as precisely crafted as any Bob Dylan has written.

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'Barchords': An Intense, Pensive Album About Love

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The song "I Got You Babe," on Bahamas' new album, Barchords, is obviously not Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe." This version is an original song the Canadian singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records under the stage name Bahamas, has written about holding and losing someone.

Jurvanen, who has spent ...

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Smackdown Singles Edition: Bohemian Rhapsody

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It’s a Soundcheck Smackdown singles edition! We’re throwing Queen’s 1975 hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" into the ring for our weekly debate. Emily Rems, managing editor of Bust magazine, and Entertainment Weekly editor-at-large Ken Tucker join us to debate a song that is either ingenious…or just indulgent. And, Queen biographer Mark Blake explains the story behind the song.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Phil Collins

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Last week, drummer-turned-singer Phil Collins once again publicly stated - and restated - his intentions of withdrawing from the music biz. The news leads us to this week’s Soundcheck Smackdown, when music writer Andy Greenwald and Entertainment Weekly editor-at-large Ken Tucker face off about the highs and lows of the former Genesis frontman’s career.

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Arrivederci, Sopranos

Friday, June 08, 2007

We say goodbye to The Sopranos with a discussion with Entertainment Weekly critic-at-large Ken Tucker and your predictions about how the show will end. Plus: what TV shows from the past do you miss most?

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