Carl Wilson
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Carl Wilson is Slates music critic.

Music
Aug. 16 2018 10:06 AMHow Aretha Franklin Created “Respect”The story of the greatest cover song of all time and the quintessential empowerment anthem.
Music
July 20 2018 4:47 PMLori McKenna Is Back to Wreck YouThe acclaimed country songwriter may have broken your heart without you even knowing. On The Tree, she’s returned to do it again.
Music
June 18 2018 11:06 AMBeyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Album Is Like the Satisfying Finale of a Prestige DramaEven if the Carters’ series already hit its peak.
Music
June 1 2018 10:44 AMBonfire of the VanitiesOn his beautiful, troubling new album, Kanye West plays with fire and denies he’s getting burned.
Music
May 9 2018 4:51 PMWeave My Disgust Into FameA remarkable 25th-anniversary box set chronicles how a middle-class young woman recording alone in her bedroom changed rock ’n’ roll.
Music
April 10 2018 7:00 PMOn Her Debut Album, Cardi B Takes Rap History, Flips It, and Reverses ItWhere others see contradictions, she sees only opportunities.
Music
March 19 2018 1:46 PMMount Eerie’s Haunting New Album Explores the Stages of Grief That Come After “Acceptance”The singer-songwriter’s album about his wife’s death became his most successful in years. His latest chronicles the aftermath.
Music
Feb. 16 2018 7:18 PMKendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Album Is Rich With Meaning You Can Only Appreciate After the MovieThe soundtrack and the film each flesh out the other’s themes, making the other stronger.
Music
Jan. 29 2018 8:40 AMThe Grammys Once Again Took the Sharpest Voices for GrantedWhy should artists like Kendrick Lamar even continue to show up?
The Music Club
Dec. 29 2017 9:00 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 14: Love is a mixtape (even if it’s a playlist).
The Music Club
Dec. 26 2017 7:30 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 5: My favorite albums of the year.
Music
Dec. 15 2017 2:13 PMOn Reputation, the “Old Taylor” Is Dead, but the New One Isn’t Quite Ready to Come to the PhoneTaylor Swift’s ungainly, intermittently brilliant new album finds the former child star making art out of her growing pains.
Music
Sept. 5 2017 6:38 PMLife After CoolOn LCD Soundsystem’s new album, James Murphy’s mock midlife crisis becomes a genuine subdued panic—and makes for some of his most mature music yet.
Music
Aug. 4 2017 11:23 AMOn Randy Newman’s New Album, America’s Greatest Pop Satirist Grapples With an Unsatirizable AgeAnd not just on the song about Putin.
Music
July 10 2017 2:38 PMOn Haim’s New Album Something to Tell You, the Band of Sisters Is Better Than EverSo why does it seem worse?
Wide Angle
Aug. 7 2018 6:53 PMNico, 1988 Makes the Case for the Slice-of-Life Music BiopicThe most revealing films about musicians often capture them at a moment away from the spotlight.
Music
July 2 2018 1:00 PMDrake’s Scorpion Is a Savvy Bit of PR Management With a Side of BeefThe 90-minute album manages to be more succinct than Views without saying much.
Music
June 1 2018 12:00 PMMaster of SuspenseHell-On is the latest aural thriller from Neko Case.
Music
May 18 2018 12:11 PMHow Courtney Barnett Taught Me to Listen to the New Album From Courtney BarnettThe singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP requires its audience to take a different approach.
Music
May 1 2018 2:41 PMBlack and White and Pynk All OverFiles on Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, from one critic’s random access memory.
Music
March 29 2018 6:39 PMTaylor Swift Left a Blank Space in Country Music. Could Kacey Musgraves Fill It?Meanwhile, Ashley McBryde has the perfect album for fans missing the old Musgraves.
Music
March 7 2018 5:25 PMLucy Dacus’ History in the MakingOn her sophomore album, Historian, the indie singer-songwriter shows she’s as thoughtful about following through as she is about openers.
Music
Feb. 5 2018 11:11 AMOn Man of the Woods, Justin Timberlake Sets Out to Say Something and Ends Up Saying Nothing at AllThe Super Bowl entertainer is an expert song-and-dance man, but in his recent work, he risks becoming nothing more than his own tribute act.
Television
Jan. 4 2018 8:18 PMCrazy ExegesisOn Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, mental illness and musical deconstruction go hand in hand.
The Music Club
Dec. 27 2017 9:30 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 9: The problem with country music’s shift from bro country toward beau country.
The Music Club
Dec. 25 2017 5:55 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 1: This year marked the end of empowering diva pop and the rise of mumbling men. Could playlists of “sonic wallpaper” really be next?
Music
Dec. 5 2017 11:25 AMOn Their New Albums, Björk and U2 Offer Utopian Visions for Dystopian TimesBut their approaches, and their degrees of success, vary widely.
Brow Beat
Aug. 25 2017 9:36 AMOn Taylor Swift’s New Single, She Sheds Her Old Skin. What’s Left?
Music
July 28 2017 11:11 AMCrown of LoveArcade Fire’s new album may buckle under the weight of absurd expectations, but it’ll also remind fans how the band got there in the first place.
Music
June 19 2017 3:36 PMPraise LordeMelodrama is the best pop album of the year so far—and suggests “pop” isn’t what the singer-songwriter should be making at all.

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