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

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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Bee Gees Documentary Traces The Gibb Brothers' Pathway To Stardom

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3 New Holiday Songs Tap Into The Cheer — And Despair — Of The Season

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Dua Lipa performs onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards. Her album, Future Nostalgia, ranks second on Ken Tucker's list of his favorite albums of 2020. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for dcp hide caption

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A Year Like No Other: Ken Tucker Picks 10 Albums That Made An Art Of Escapism

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From Springsteen To Stevie Wonder, Veteran Musicians Capture The Moment

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Low Cut Connie Showcases A New Ambition On 'Private Lives'

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Super Deluxe Release Of Prince's 'Sign O' The Times' Holds Up As A Masterpiece

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Country Singer Mickey Guyton Opens Up About Race And Gender In 'Black Like Me'

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The Happy Fits Deliver Fresh And Snappy Pop On 'What Could Be Better'

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3 Beautiful Songs Offer Comfort In The Face Of Cruelty

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With 'Folklore,' Taylor Swift Marks Off Her Past And Enters A New Phase

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HAIM Radiates Sunniness In 'Women In Music Pt. III'

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Bob Dylan's 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' Breathes, Expands And Contracts

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Lady Gaga And Carly Rae Jepsen, Both With Bold Albums, Make Isolation Less Lonely

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LA Punk Band X Returns With Go-For-Broke Urgency In 'Alphabetland'

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With 'Future Nostalgia,' Dua Lipa Reminds Us How To Feel Care-Free

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