Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

Music
Feb. 15 2016 3:10 PMThe G.O.O.D. NewsOn his miraculous, profane, gospel-influenced The Life of Pablo, Kanye West takes the long road to Damascus.
Music
Jan. 12 2016 8:40 AMHe Could Be HeroesDavid Bowie’s true acolytes were the fans who embraced his multiple identities and transformed along with him.
The Music Club
Dec. 22 2015 11:06 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 10: The year in comebacks. Plus: The one 2015 song I want to punch in the face.
The Music Club
Dec. 16 2015 5:15 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 1: Adele isn’t the only youngster with an affecting voice.
Music
Nov. 18 2015 4:28 PMTwilight of the Tween IdolsOn their new albums, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and 5 Seconds of Summer perform the mandatory rites of passage to manhood. Who will take their places in pubescent hearts?
Music
Nov. 3 2015 11:54 AMThe Impersonal Is PoliticalOn her new album, Joanna Newsom—like writer Elena Ferrante and country singer Iris DeMent—performs a vanishing act, in order to make her audience see her more clearly.
Culturebox
July 22 2015 4:31 PMTo See Which Way the Wind BlowsA new book explores what really happened the night Dylan went electric.
Music
June 17 2015 9:24 AMThis Is His MusicTracing Ornette Coleman’s influence on punk, rock, hip-hop, and, well, pretty much everything else. 
Movies
May 15 2015 1:05 PMPitch Perfect 2A fan’s lament for a cynical sequel that cares less about the joy of music than it aca-oughta.
Music
April 9 2015 10:35 AMAgainst “Indie”The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it’s time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term. 
Music
Feb. 26 2015 5:02 PM6 ManWhat’s so Canadian about Drake? Our Toronto-based music critic offers his own views from the 6.
Music
Jan. 26 2015 4:18 PMOne. Feeling. At a. Time.Björk’s Vulnicura, an album about disconnection that will make her listeners feel more connected to her than ever.
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2014 11:24 AMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 9: The year’s many lessons for middle-aged white dudes.
The Music Club
Dec. 15 2014 11:38 PMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 1: Let’s call this “The Year of the Rookie.”
Music
Nov. 17 2014 6:00 PMSongs of RevolutionAntony’s Turning, Arca’s Xen, and other art working the fertile territory between genders.
Music
Jan. 13 2016 3:01 PMDecoding BlackstarClose-reading David Bowie’s haunting final album and “parting gift.”
The Music Club
Dec. 23 2015 1:37 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 14: Why it’s not helpful to divide artists into heroes and villains.
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2015 10:28 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 5: Let’s talk about the year’s best music on screen—and onstage.
Music
Nov. 24 2015 10:12 AM25 Going on 40 How Adele makes middle-aged music cool for young people.
Books
Nov. 6 2015 5:16 PMWhen He Was CruelElvis Costello’s memoir is most potent when it wrestles with the sins of the past—and his relationship with his bandleader father.
Music
Sept. 1 2015 5:45 AMParty Like It’s 1989Why are so many of 2015’s biggest pop stars channeling the sound of the 1980s?
Music
June 26 2015 12:59 PMThe Problem With “Country for People Who Don’t Like Country”Kacey Musgraves’ new album and America’s ongoing struggle to come to terms with Southern white, working-class identity.
Music
May 22 2015 10:41 AMThe Musical Omnivore’s DilemmaJim O’Rourke helped take the guilt out of the “guilty pleasure.” On his new album, he returns to find that pop has moved beyond it.
Music
May 7 2015 9:47 AMOut With the OldeMumford and Sons’ new album and the perils of self-reinvention.
Music
March 19 2015 11:12 AMLoving U Is ComplicatedHow should white listeners approach the “overwhelming blackness” of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant new album?
Music
Feb. 9 2015 9:58 AMThe 2015 GrammysReviewed in the form of one overlong, gospel choir–backed ballad.
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2014 1:23 PMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 13: Protest songs about “bro country” and PETA. Plus: the best podcasts about music.
The Music Club
Dec. 17 2014 8:57 AMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 5: Like Kanye, D’Angelo and Charli XCX want to pop a wheelie on the zeitgeist.
Slate Picks
Nov. 25 2014 3:21 PMListen to Our November Music RoundupHot tracks for our fall playlist, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
Doublex
Nov. 3 2014 8:48 PMI Knew About Jian GhomeshiSo did a lot of people in our Toronto scene. We never said anything. Are we complicit in his alleged abuse?

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