Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

Books
Sept. 27 2016 11:07 AMBruce Springsteen’s Brilliant DisguiseThe Boss discusses his depression, the E Street Band’s misogyny, and rock ’n’ roll’s racial difficulties in his new memoir.
Music
Aug. 12 2016 11:48 AMWhy Do We Love Bad Singing?From Florence Foster Jenkins to William Hung to Rebecca Black, America has long been fascinated with failed crooners. But who decides what’s good, what’s good-bad, and what’s just bad?
Music
June 3 2016 5:58 AMThe Worst Great SongwriterOn his new album, Paul Simon is as brilliant—and bothersome—as ever.
Music
May 2 2016 12:26 PMDrake’s Views A review from the 6.
Music
April 22 2016 11:01 AMThe Purple OneBlack or white, straight or gay, rock or R&B, male or female—Prince transcended every category.
Music
March 7 2016 5:03 PMUnmastered, but Still Masterful Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled, Unmastered shows another side of hip-hop’s most electrifying performer.
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
Aug. 22 2016 6:21 PMFrank Ocean and the Wave of Anti-PopOn his new albums, the category-defying singer gives us what we need, though it may not be what we want.
Music
July 7 2016 9:30 AMSlow Love
On BlackSUMMERS’Night, Maxwell shows it’s better when you take your time.

Music
May 10 2016 10:05 AMHow I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RadioheadForget whether they’re “the Last Great Rock Band.” They’re better when you stop taking them so seriously.
Music
April 25 2016 12:29 PMLemonade, the Aural AlbumBeyoncé’s new visual album is a spectacle to rival “Thriller.” But how is it as strictly music?
Culture Gabfest
March 9 2016 2:25 PMArtwork That Brings On the WaterworksThe Culture Gabfest discusses what moves them to tears and what crying has to do with art.  
Music
Feb. 16 2016 8:11 AMHip-Hop Won the GrammysEven when it didn’t win the awards.
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.

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