Ken Tucker

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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.


Women Dominated 2019: Ken Tucker Picks His Top 10 Albums Of The Year

Monday, December 09, 2019

Lana Del Rey's Norman F****** Rockwell! topped Tucker's list of the best albums of the year, with Lizzo and Billie Eilish running a close second and third.


Hootie & The Blowfish Comeback Album Brings The Band Into The 21st Century

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Singer Darius Rucker and his band have released their first new record in more than a decade. Imperfect Circle is a well-made and frequently thoughtful album, enhanced by Rucker's warm, buttery tones.


DaBaby's Humor-Infused 'Kirk' Is Among 2019's Best Hip-Hop Albums

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Few rappers have been as entertaining to listen to this year as DaBaby. In the often hyper-masculine context of hip-hop, his new album proves he's not afraid to be goofy.


Jon Pardi's 'Heartache Medication' Offers A Healthy Dose Of Traditional Country

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Country music has take a turn towards pop of late, but Pardi's new album goes back to the genre's roots, with a collection of excellent honky-tonk songs — many of which are about booze.


Brittany Howard Draws Listeners In With 'Jaime', A Very Personal Solo Album

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The new album by the Alabama Shakes lead singer mixes autobiography with an exploration of different musical styles. Listening to Jaime is like discovering Howard as an artist all over again.


Filmmaker Ken Burns Goes Wide, But Not Deep, In His Chronicle Of 'Country Music'

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Burns is known for finding fresh takes on big topics, but his new eight-part PBS series about country music treads a well-worn path, leaning heavily on the biggest stars and the most obvious ideas.


Lana Del Rey Crafts A Hypnotic California Sound On 'Norman F****** Rockwell!'

Friday, September 06, 2019

In the last decade, Del Rey released recordings that expanded our understanding of L.A. pop music. The singer/songwriter's new album is like a series of earthquakes, rendered with supreme confidence.


Chuck Cleaver Gets Wonderfully Expressive On His First Solo Album

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Cleaver, one of the leaders of Wussy, sings about joy, pain, sorrow and regret on Send Aid. The resulting album stands with the best of anything Cleaver has ever done.


Beyond 'Old Town Road': 3 Catchy Songs Tap Into 2019's Summer Spirit

Friday, August 23, 2019

Alessia Cara's "Rooting for You," Megan Thee Stallion's "Hot Girl Summer," and Bon Iver's "U (Man Like)" offer three different takes on — and moods for — the summer.


Titus Andronicus Explores Its Punk-Rock Side In 'An Obelisk'

Monday, July 29, 2019

Titus Andronicus, fronted by Patrick Stickles, favors a louder, more aggressive style in its new album. While the music sounds simple and raw, the ideas behind the songs are quite complex.