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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Taylor Swift Pushes Further Into Electro-Pop With 'Reputation'

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Bob Dylan Redeems A Frequently Scorned Period Of His Career On 'Trouble No More'

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Nora Jane Struthers Is Hard-Headed About Being Open-Hearted On 'Champion'

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Singer/Songwriter Jhené Aiko Displays Her Ambition And Range On 'Trip'

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Deer Tick Demonstrates Its Ambition And Range On 2 New Albums

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Matthew Sweet's Melodic Hooks Tug At The Heart On 'Tomorrow Forever'

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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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