Ken Tucker Ken Tucker is the pop music critic for Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Ken Tucker

Pop Music Critic, Fresh Air

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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Daniel Romano's 'Modern Pressure' Is The Work Of A Confident Pop Craftsman

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Reissued 'Party Of One' Captures Nick Lowe At His Witty, Melodic Best

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Randy Newman Takes A Victory Lap On 'Dark Matter'

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Good Music Is The Best Revenge On Waxahatchee's 'Out In The Storm'

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Jens Lekman Infuses Love Songs With Transporting Metaphors On 'Life Will See You Now'

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Chuck Berry's Final Recordings Are Fresh And Forward-Looking

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Angaleena Presley Takes Aim At Nashville On 'Wrangled'

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Kendrick Lamar Extends His Vocal And Emotional Range On 'DAMN.'

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The Menzingers Face Down The Aging Process In 'After The Party'

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Jessi Colter Sets 'The Psalms' To Chords On An Original, Idiosyncratic New Album

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Singer-Songwriter Valerie June Draws On Her Southern Roots In 'The Order Of Time'

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

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

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

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Favorite Albums Of 2016

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