Carl Wilson
Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

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.
Music
March 19 2015 11:12 AMLoving U Is ComplicatedHow should white listeners approach the “overwhelming blackness” of Kendrick Lamar’s brilliant new album?
Music
Feb. 9 2015 9:58 AMThe 2015 GrammysReviewed in the form of one overlong, gospel choir–backed ballad.
The Music Club
Dec. 19 2014 1:23 PMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 13: Protest songs about “bro country” and PETA. Plus: the best podcasts about music.
The Music Club
Dec. 17 2014 8:57 AMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 5: Like Kanye, D’Angelo and Charli XCX want to pop a wheelie on the zeitgeist.
Slate Picks
Nov. 25 2014 3:21 PMListen to Our November Music RoundupHot tracks for our fall playlist, exclusively for Slate Plus members.
Doublex
Nov. 3 2014 8:48 PMI Knew About Jian GhomeshiSo did a lot of people in our Toronto scene. We never said anything. Are we complicit in his alleged abuse?
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
April 9 2015 10:35 AMAgainst “Indie”The comebacks of many flagship 2000s bands show it’s time to eliminate this outdated, insular, and implicitly racist term. 
Music
Feb. 26 2015 5:02 PM6 ManWhat’s so Canadian about Drake? Our Toronto-based music critic offers his own views from the 6.
Music
Jan. 26 2015 4:18 PMOne. Feeling. At a. Time.Björk’s Vulnicura, an album about disconnection that will make her listeners feel more connected to her than ever.
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2014 11:24 AMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 9: The year’s many lessons for middle-aged white dudes.
The Music Club
Dec. 15 2014 11:38 PMThe Music Club, 2014Entry 1: Let’s call this “The Year of the Rookie.”
Music
Nov. 17 2014 6:00 PMSongs of RevolutionAntony’s Turning, Arca’s Xen, and other art working the fertile territory between genders.
Music
Oct. 29 2014 8:58 PMContemplating Taylor Swift’s NavelA deep gaze into 1989, 1989, and the mystery at the center of the world’s biggest pop star.

READ MORE STORIES

  Slate Plus
Culture Gabfest
Feb. 11 2016 4:35 PM The End of Football  Why the sport is no longer justifiable as a thinking person’s pastime.