Carl Wilson
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Carl Wilson is Slates music critic.

Music
Feb. 11 2019 9:50 AMThe Grammys Finally Managed to Lower the Bar Enough to Clear ItBut with so many artists abandoning ship, is it too little, too late?
Music
Jan. 25 2019 5:40 PMConor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers’ New Album Is Both a Throwback and Perfectly TimedThe duo makes a fitting cross-generational pairing for 2019.
Music
Dec. 26 2018 9:15 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 9: The music has gotten drowned out by the “narratives.”
Music
Dec. 22 2018 5:55 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 1: This was the year everything had already changed.
Music
Nov. 2 2018 3:10 PMTwo New Releases Reclaim the “Supergroup” for WomenOn the Pistol Annies’ new album and Boygenius’ debut EP, two generations of singer-songwriters find camaraderie rather than competition.
Music
Oct. 18 2018 5:47 AMIs the Cover Making a Recovery?The history of the cover song, and why it may be mounting a comeback.
Music
Oct. 12 2018 10:17 AMLeonard Cohen’s Kanye West Poem Wasn’t an InsultIt was a tribute.
Music
Oct. 5 2018 3:02 PMOn His New Album, Eric Church Steps Out as a True Country-Music OutsiderAfter brushes with death in Las Vegas and at home, the Desperate Man isn’t playing it safe.
Work
Aug. 28 2018 4:30 PMSetting the TempoHow bandleaders have managed music making, from Duke Ellington to Lauryn Hill.
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
Feb. 8 2019 5:43 PMOn Thank U, Next, Ariana Grande Makes the Personal Feel UniversalIt’s her best album yet.
Music
Dec. 28 2018 10:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 13: A few cozy musical gifts for closing out the year.
Music
Dec. 23 2018 9:00 AMThe Music Club, 2018Entry 5: Let’s toast how many elders and veterans released vital work this year, too.
Music
Dec. 12 2018 5:55 AMThe Best Albums of 2018
Music
Oct. 29 2018 3:06 PMRobyn’s Honey Is a BalmThe long-anticipated new album may not have the sugar-rush highs we want, but its healing powers are what we need.
Music
Oct. 15 2018 7:14 PMElvis Costello’s New Album Is His Best This CenturyAnd one of his best in decades.
Music
Oct. 9 2018 3:53 PMOn the A Star Is Born Soundtrack, It’s Lady Gaga That ShinesBradley Cooper’s movie throws her pop under the tour bus, but on the album, she gets the last laugh.
Books
Sept. 7 2018 2:31 PMJust Behind the BeatA perfectly timed, well-tuned chronicle of the past, present, and future of jazz.
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.

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