Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

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.
Music
May 18 2017 5:38 PMThe Mountain Goats’ Goths Is Great Even if You Don’t Care About the Mountain Goats or GothsThe new album is a leap forward both lyrically and musically.
Music
May 5 2017 1:52 PMThe Return of the KingOn his quietly eclectic new album, Chris Stapleton refuses to be pegged as country music’s savior—or anything else.
Music
March 30 2017 5:55 AMBob Dylan Is a Great SingerThe Nobel laureate thinks we should laud his singing as much as his “poetry.” He’s right.
Music
Feb. 28 2017 3:04 PMCry Me a River (of White Male Tears)Dirty Projectors’ first release in five years is a one-man breakup album that can’t count on listeners’ sympathies. And it doesn’t.
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
June 12 2017 4:42 PMCan She Get a Witness?Katy Perry’s hot mess of a new album finds her lonely and lost. Did we help put her in this position?
Music
May 16 2017 5:45 AMWrong DirectionHarry Styles once teased a homoerotic pop future. So why does his debut album sound like hetero classic rock?
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April 18 2017 5:14 PMAll Fire, No BrimstoneKendrick Lamar’s scorcher of a new album is an urgent sermon for a troubling time.
Music
March 8 2017 3:43 PMStephin Merritt Comes Out—as HumanThe reticent Magnetic Fields impresario returns to the jumbo-sized concept-album format he pioneered with 69 Love Songs, with a surprising new theme: himself.
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.

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