Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

Music
Feb. 13 2017 9:14 AMGrammys, Don’t Hurt YourselfIf you won’t fix yourself for Beyoncé, please fix yourself for Adele.
Music
Jan. 24 2017 12:08 PMThe Mood-Swing VoteHow Twenty One Pilots channeled Trump-state anxieties and became the biggest new rock band (if they are a rock band) in America.
The Music Club
Dec. 28 2016 5:45 AMThe Music Club, 2016The best shows I saw in 2016—and a defense of “best of” lists in a year of worsts.
The Music Club
Dec. 27 2016 7:02 AMThe Music Club, 2016The biggest mistake I made as a music critic this year.
Wonder Week
Dec. 18 2016 7:59 PMThe Sunshine of Our LivesStevie Wonder, the wizard of schmaltz.
Music
Nov. 18 2016 2:53 PMWhy We Need Miranda LambertThe country singer’s new two-disc album could help our two Americas understand each other.
Music
Oct. 24 2016 7:30 PMThe Woman Behind the Meat DressOn her new album Joanne, Lady Gaga grapples with where her stage persona ends and Stefani Germanotta begins.
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.
Music
Jan. 30 2017 1:58 PMIf You Miss Leonard Cohen, Then You Need to Meet Mark EitzelThe former frontman for American Music Club is just reaching his own middle-aged bardic stride.
The Music Club
Dec. 29 2016 11:15 AMThe Music Club, 2016Here’s an eight-hour, 125-song playlist for listening back on the year.
Music
Dec. 27 2016 10:40 AMGuilty Feet Ain’t Got No RhythmHow I found faith in the pop elation of George Michael—and why I wish I’d found it sooner.
The Music Club
Dec. 26 2016 5:48 AMThe Music Club, 2016The best albums of 2016, a year of constant flux.
Music
Dec. 2 2016 1:03 PMA Starboy, Not Yet a StarmanThe Weeknd’s sure-to-be-blockbuster new album suggests it’s time for his self-destructive persona to finally kill itself off.
Music
Nov. 11 2016 9:59 AMHey, That’s No Way to Say GoodbyeRemembering the profane prophet Leonard Cohen, gone at the moment we need him most.
Music
Oct. 4 2016 10:45 AMThe Drive-By Truckers’ American Band Is the Perfect Album for the Year of TrumpWith songs about racism, police shootings, and immigration, the Southern group is making rock great again.
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.

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