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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Singer-Songwriter John Prine Draws On His Roots With 'Tree Of Forgiveness'

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Tracey Thorn Mixes Dance Rhythms With Raw Honesty On 'Record'

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Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'

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Brandi Carlile Rejects Bitterness And Self Pity On 'By The Way, I Forgive You'

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Kendrick Lamar Channels A Superhero's Conflicts And Strength On 'Black Panther'

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In 'POST-', Avowed Pessimist Jeff Rosenstock Surrenders To Creative Optimism

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Charli XCX's 'Pop 2' Emphasizes Collaboration And Emotion

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'Louisiana Hayride Tonight' Revisits A Small-Time Show That Hosted Big-Name Stars

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Singer-Songwriter Curtis Harding Drops His Guard On 'Face Your Fear'

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Kendrick Lamar performs in New York City on Sept. 14, 2017. Critic Ken Tucker says Lamar's album DAMN captured the collective mood of the year. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation hide caption

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Ken Tucker Looks Back On 2017 In Music

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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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