Ken Tucker

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Lucy Dacus' 'No Burden' Features Strong Music About Weak Moments

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Dacus mixes plainspoken language with rock-music instrumentation on her debut album. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer-songwriter's vulnerability goes against the grain of much current pop music.


Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

Monday, September 26, 2016

Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it's clear that the singer is "very much in control of her emotions and her life."


Country Singer Kelsey Waldon Reaches Back To An Earlier Era In 'I've Got A Way'

Monday, September 12, 2016

Waldon puts a distinctive spin on classic country with her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls her singing, which avoids excessive emotion or embellishment, "the musical version of hard-boiled prose."


Hip-Hop Meets Disco On The Electrifying Soundtrack To 'The Get Down'

Monday, August 29, 2016

A new drama series on Netflix chronicles the rise of early hip-hop music in the late '70s. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the show's soundtrack is dense, complex and delightful.


Lydia Loveless Mixes Desire With Distraction In 'Real'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The singer-songwriter began performing at age 14 in a band with her sisters and her father. Critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Loveless' latest solo album, Real, have a "tough edge."


Earls Of Leicester Mix Bluegrass With Gospel And Honky-Tonk On 'Rattle & Roar'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The band, which began as a tribute to the The Foggy Mountain Boys, won a Grammy for their debut album in 2015. Critic Ken Tucker says the Earls' new record, Rattle & Roar, lives up to its title.


From Brexit To The U.S. Presidential Race, Musicians Respond To Political Turmoil

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Critic Ken Tucker reviews new music by the British punk band The Mekons and the American country-rock band The Mavericks. Both groups have recorded new songs that were inspired by recent news events.


R&B Singer Maxwell Is Majestic — And Vulnerable — On 'blackSUMMERS'night'

Monday, July 25, 2016

Maxwell creates an atmosphere of free-floating sensuality on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record is "dreamy and roomy enough to accommodate a wide array of emotions."


Mitski Creates A Heightened Remembrance Of Adolescence On 'Puberty 2'

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The young singer-songwriter has described herself as "half-Japanese, half-American, but not fully either." Critic Ken Tucker says her fourth album, Puberty 2, has an impressively wide range of sounds.


Maren Morris Mixes Country, Pop And Hip-Hop On 'Hero'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The singer-songwriter brings a fluid sense of musical boundaries to her first major-label album. Critic Ken Tucker says Hero features "very good, state-of-the-art pop country" music.


Margaret Glaspy Draws On 'Emotions And Math' For Her Debut Album

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Singer-songwriter Glaspy plays a variety of instruments, but concentrates mainly on guitar on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Emotions and Math blends complexity with "deceptive directness."


William Bell Sings With Strength And Directness On 'This Is Where I Live'

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Bell, who had his first hit in 1961 with the song "You Don't Miss Your Water," brings his trademark compassion and tenderness to his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls This Is Where I Live a triumph.


Paul Simon Mixes Music And Mystery On 'Stranger To Stranger'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Simon blends his trademark wordplay with unique rhythms and exotic instruments on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls it a daring record that can be appreciated on a number of levels.


Little Scream Casts A Dreamy Spell With 'Cult Following'

Monday, May 23, 2016

Musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer — aka Little Scream — refers to prayer, devotion, heaven and Satan on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Cult Following a "testament to desire and endurance."


Car Seat Headrest Is Gloriously Morose In 'Teens of Denial'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Will Toledo, the singer-songwriter who performs under the name Car Seat Headrest, is ambitious and passionate on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the record will make you want to sing along.


Beyoncé Is 'At The Height Of Her Powers' In 'Lemonade'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The pop star's latest release extols the potency of black womanhood in the roles of mother, wife, lover and artist. Rock critic Ken Tucker calls Lemonade a feat of "invention and imagination."


Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.


Remembering Legendary Musician Prince, A 'Strikingly Original' Icon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Prince, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who died yesterday at his home in Minnesota, was "the most inventive and prolific pop musician of his generation."


Peter Wolf's 'Cure for Loneliness'? Music With An Undercurrent Of Melancholy

Monday, April 18, 2016

The former lead singer for the J. Geils Band has been making albums on his own since the mid-1980s. Reviewer Ken Tucker says his latest is one of the most varied collections Wolf has ever recorded.


Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.