Ken Tucker

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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.


The xx Mix Atmospheric Pop And Warm Soulfulness On 'I See You'

Monday, March 06, 2017

Critic Ken Tucker reviews the British group The xx's third album. "Beneath its sleek beauty, there's a fresh joyousness ... that at its best is something close to inspirational," he says of I See You.


Tift Merritt Mixes Quirky Metaphors And Folk Sounds On 'Stitch Of The World'

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Acoustic guitar and the occasional faint cry of a pedal steel guitar frame Merritt's vocals on her new album. Rock Critic Ken Tucker has a review.


Natalie Hemby Offers Contemplative Vocals And Vivid Memories On 'Puxico'

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

After writing No. 1 hits for various country stars, Hemby now has an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker says Puxico mixes country sentiments with a folksy sound.


Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fresh Air's rock critic presents his playlist for 2016. It includes big pop stars, beloved cult stars and a couple of not-yet-stars.


Singer Allyson Seconds Revitalizes Power-Pop On 'Little World'

Friday, December 09, 2016

The second album by the California-based singer features an optimism often associated with West Coast pop. Critic Ken Tucker says Little World creates an "alternate universe of the sunniest sounds."


Miranda Lambert Mixes Assertiveness With Vulnerability On Her New Record

Monday, December 05, 2016

Lambert's new release features 24 songs on 2 CDs. Critic Ken Tucker calls The Weight of These Wings a collection that "keeps on giving the deeper you get into it."


The Deceptively Simple Sound Of Scott And Charlene's Wedding

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mid-Thirties Single Scene, the new album by the Australian group Scott and Charlene's Wedding, describes the thoughts and actions of a character who has just turned 34. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.


Leonard Cohen Explores The Fragility Of Life In 'You Want It Darker'

Monday, October 31, 2016

The 82-year-old songwriter mixes serious contemplation with mordant humor on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says You Want It Darker features some of Cohen's simplest, most effective lyrics.


Bob Weir Sings About Pinto Ponies And Ghost Towns On 'Blue Mountain'

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Weir goes solo on his new album, which was inspired by his time working as a ranch hand in Wyoming as a teen. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.