Ken Tucker

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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.


At 83, 'Songwriter-Singer' Loretta Lynn Comes 'Full Circle'

Friday, March 18, 2016

The country music legend's new album mixes original material with interpretations of country classics. Reviewer Ken Tucker says the record shows a vulnerability that is somewhat new to Lynn's music.


Lucius Layers Harmonies With Emotion In 'Good Grief'

Monday, March 14, 2016

The surging voices of two female lead singers create the signature sound of the five-piece band Lucius. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the band's new album, Good Grief, is often lovely and well-crafted.


Waco Brothers Mix Country And Punk On 'Going Down In History'

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Waco Brothers recently released their first album of original material in more than a decade. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Going Down in History is "urgent, precise and pointed."


Bonnie Raitt Explores Her Roots In 'Dig In Deep'

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Raitt's new album is dominated by uptempo songs, R&B sounds and complex emotions. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the singer's distinctive style gives Dig In Deep a "vital glow."


Westerberg And Hatfield Aim For The Heart With 'Wild Stab'

Monday, February 15, 2016

The debut album by the I Don't Cares features two familiar voices — Paul Westerberg and the singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the songs on Wild Stab "will grab you."


Sia Reclaims Songs She Wrote For Others On 'This Is Acting'

Friday, February 05, 2016

The Australian songwriter who has written hits for Rihanna, Beyonce and Katy Perry just released an album of her own. Critic Ken Tucker likes Sia's singing, in part, because of its imperfections.


'Leave Me Alone' Blends Harshness With Beauty

Monday, January 25, 2016

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the debut album by the Spanish quartet Hinds. "These four women revive the notion of do-it-yourself punk musicianship," Tucker says of Leave Me Alone.


Groove Master Benji Hughes Sings 'Songs In The Key Of Animals'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The singer-songwriter plays most of the instruments himself on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says you can hear a love for pop music in Hughes' silly sentiments and artful arrangements.


British Singer Ellie Goulding Strikes An Inventive Chord With 'Delirium'

Monday, January 04, 2016

The "Love Me Like You Do" singer created her new album as an experiment — to see if she could make a "big pop album." Reviewer Ken Tucker says Goulding's experimental effort was worth the risk.


With 'Have Moicy 2', Peter Stampfel Issues A Sequel 4 Decades In The Making

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The singer-songwriter's original Have Moicy! album, released in '76, mixed folk, blues and country. Critic Ken Tuckers says that despite the long wait, Stampfel's follow-up has a real immediacy to it.


From Hip-Hop To Country, Critic Ken Tucker Assesses The Best Of 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rock Critic Ken Tucker presents his playlist for 2015, which includes the Alabama Shakes, Bruno Mars and Ashley Monroe, among others. For reading pleasure, he suggests Real Life Rock, by Greil Marcus.


Adele Returns, With A Restrained, Emotionally Controlled '25'

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Rock critic Ken Tucker discusses the British singer's popularity and her new album, 25. "In a pop world overflowing with singers who want to blow you away, Adele wants to talk with you," he says.


Rocker Wreckless Eric Brings Nostalgia To A New Solo Effort

Monday, November 16, 2015

The British singer-songwriter who came to prominence during the punk-rock era of the late 1970s sings about his adopted homeland in his new album, amERICa. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.


The CMAs And Old Dominion Showcase An Elastic, Expansive Country Style

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ken Tucker says that Justin Timberlake's duet with Chris Stapleton the Country Music Awards and Meat and Candy, the new hip-hop-influenced album by Old Dominion, showcase a new style of country.


Three Songs That Expose Frayed Nerves And Yearning

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Critic Ken Tucker considers three songs by three artists: Elvis Costello's "I Can't Turn It Off," Lana Del Rey's cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and Eleanor Friedberger's "Alphabet City."


'Portrait of an American Singer' Revives The Memory Of Tennessee Ernie Ford

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tennessee Ernie Ford was a hugely popular singer in the 1950s and 60s. Now, a new 5-disc boxed set attempts to reintroduce Ford to a new audience. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review.


An Under-The-Radar Musician Slips Into The Spotlight With 'Oh My Goodness'

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Veteran songwriter Donnie Fritts has mixed blues, rock, soul and country throughout his long and winding career. Ken Tucker says Fritts' new solo album showcases the musician's "shrewd ruminations."