Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.

Tucker is the author of Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About Television.

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11:33am

Thu March 7, 2013
Music Reviews

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

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 2:30 pm

After a 10-year hiatus, David Bowie has just returned with The Next Day.
Courtesy of the artist

11:37am

Tue March 5, 2013
Music Reviews

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

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 1:14 pm

Jim Wright Warner Nashville

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 who's often too tough-guy romantic for his own good.

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11:24am

Mon February 25, 2013
Music Reviews

Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 12:38 pm

Guards just released its debut album, In Guards We Trust.
Olivia Malone Courtesy of the artist

11:39am

Thu February 14, 2013
Music Reviews

Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 12:23 pm

Richard Thompson's new album is titled Electric.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Delicate phrasing, with both voice and guitar, has always made Richard Thompson a musician worth hearing — and sometimes even liking on a personal level. For a man who can make such pretty music, it's to his credit that he prefers to show his thorny, stubborn, cranky, even mean side in many of the songs in his solo career.

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11:51am

Wed January 30, 2013
Music Reviews

Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace' Is A Keeper

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:22 pm

Singer-songwriter and actress Paloma Faith's new album is titled Fall to Grace.
Courtesy of the artist

In culling through albums released late last year that I still play with pleasure, Paloma Faith's Fall to Grace was a real keeper. In contrast to my joy, Faith was singing about her agony: her broken heart, her wracked sobs about ruined affairs, her choked goodbyes to lovers who'd left her. She made all this sound tremendously intense and exciting. Not for nothing did she title her previous album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

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