Ken Tucker http://upr.org en Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://upr.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Our rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new album by Jenny Lewis called "The Voyager." Lewis began her career as a child actress. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 44632 at http://upr.org The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings http://upr.org/post/cowboy-wasnt-cowboy-sings Cowboy Jack Clement, who died in 2013 at age 82, was a prolific producer, songwriter, arranger, and talent scout. He brought Jerry Lee Lewis to Sun Records, helped nurture the career of one of the few black country stars, Charley Pride, and worked on important albums for artists as various as Waylon Jennings and U2.<p>Jack Clement only made three albums of his own, the last of which is the new <em>For Once and For All</em>. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 44040 at http://upr.org If Jim Lauderdale Is A Song, More People Should Hear It http://upr.org/post/if-jim-lauderdale-song-more-people-should-hear-it <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16295727/jim-lauderdale">Jim Lauderdale</a>'s new album is called <em>I'm A Song</em>, a title that suggests his deep Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 43746 at http://upr.org Strand Of Oaks: Songs Heal All Wounds http://upr.org/post/strand-oaks-songs-heal-all-wounds If you're going to be downbeat, glum, or morose, it's best to do it the way Timothy Showalter does it. Which is, with an energy and purpose that doesn't contradict the melancholy, but rather frames it as various stories — studies in seriousness. He records under the name Strand of Oaks, he writes and performs nearly all of the music on this new album himself. It's titled <em>Heal</em> as in "healing a wound," something Strand of Oaks frequently seems in need of. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:49:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 43421 at http://upr.org Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Has A Firm Grasp On Pop History http://upr.org/post/lana-del-reys-ultraviolence-has-firm-grasp-pop-history <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/145913023/lana-del-rey">Lana Del Rey</a> is a figure of some controversy for her suggestive lyrics, and critical debate as to the extent of her vocal talent versus her talent for publicity. She recently caused a stir when she gave an interview in which she said, quote, "I wish I was dead already," and drew criticism from, among others, Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 43146 at http://upr.org Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating http://upr.org/post/parquet-courts-misery-exhilarating Parquet Courts is a Brooklyn by way of Texas band that has just released its new third record, <em>Sunbathing Animal</em>. The quartet has drawn comparisons to New York rock and punk acts as various as the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:36:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 42661 at http://upr.org Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger http://upr.org/post/miranda-lamberts-platinum-has-backyard-swagger Miranda Lambert's new album is called <em>Platinum</em>. Lambert has become one of the best-selling artists in country music, and one of the most critically acclaimed. Rock critic Ken Tucker says her new album continues Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:28:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 42047 at http://upr.org John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate http://upr.org/post/john-fullbrights-uneven-songs-finds-way-fascinate <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/153197900/john-fullbright">John Fullbright</a>'s <em>Songs</em> is the most interestingly uneven album I've heard in a while. The work of a smart young man, it's also the work of a self-conscious young man who's prone to mistaking articulate melancholy for wisdom. Fullbright's debut album contained bold melodies and told stories about daydreamers and offbeat people. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41941 at http://upr.org John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate Two New Items From Hank Williams http://upr.org/post/two-new-items-hank-williams Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. Hank Williams is commonly considered the most important country music songwriter and one of its first tragic figures, dying at age 29, in 1953. Mon, 26 May 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41609 at http://upr.org Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova' http://upr.org/post/ray-lamontagne-finds-bright-side-supernova <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X294h3dl2_I</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 41009 at http://upr.org Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'