Will Gompertz reviews Wolf Alice's Mercury Prize-winning album ★★★★☆

Wolf Alice

Congratulations to Wolf Alice on winning this year's Mercury Prize.

The London four-piece band picked up the £25,000 winners' cheque for their 2017 album, Visions of A Life, which will be familiar to their fans and pop music aficionados (it reached No 2 in the charts) but probably less so to others.

Any which way, it is well worth a listen.

The Mercury Prize judges have chosen an album that is adventurous in regards to the band's own sonic development but not exactly avant-garde in terms of pop music.

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Wolf Alice are purveyors of classic indie pop but with the added twist of being refreshingly willing to test their musical boundaries.

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Will Gompertz reviews Scotland's first design museum, V&A Dundee ★★★★★

V&A DUNDEE

Sitting opposite me on the train to Dundee was a 30-something woman and her son. As we crossed the Tay Rail Bridge she turned to her child and said wistfully, "it's great to be going back to Dundee".

He looked up at her wise face, blinked once or twice, and said, "No it's not. It's rubbish".

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Will Gompertz reviews Spamilton - An American Parody ★★★★☆

Will Gompertz reviews Spamilton

Let's get straight down to it and deal with the two fundamental questions about Spamilton, the 90-minute spoof of the trans-Atlantic musical mega-hit Hamilton.

One: is it any good? Yes.

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Will Gompertz reviews Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again ★★★☆☆

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The well-dressed lady who introduced the film was friendly but firm: "Anyone who doesn't like spandex, glitter or Abba", she said, "should leave".

Nobody did.

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Will Gompertz reviews Sam Mendes' The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre ★★★★☆

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre is both specific and universal.

It is, as they like to say in the arts nowadays, "relatable". Meaning, the play resonates beyond a story of a banking dynasty, which could have limited appeal, to explore themes that a broader audience might recognise and enjoy.

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Will Gompertz reviews the documentary about singer Whitney Houston ★★★☆☆

Whitney Houston

On 27 January 1991, Whitney Houston stood on a small stage in Tampa, Florida, waiting for her cue.

It was early evening. The pop superstar was wearing a baggy white tracksuit with a red stripe, a pair of Nike sneakers and a white headband. The outfit was the epitome of 1980s exercise-video chic.

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Will Gompertz reviews Michael Jackson: On The Wall at London's National Portrait Gallery ★★★☆☆

Michael Jackson: On The Wall

The first image you see when you walk into the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is the last portrait Michael Jackson commissioned of himself before he died in 2009.

He didn't live to see the finished picture, but I think he would have liked it.

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Review: Beyonce and Jay-Z's video at the Louvre ★★★★☆

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More than 8 million people visited the Louvre in 2017. The vast majority of them would have rubbed shoulders with the same famous artworks that appeared this week in The Carters' (that's Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z) music video for the launch track from their new album, Everything is Love.

I doubt many gyrated in leggings and a bra in front of Jacques-Louis David's monumental canvas The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon (1806-7) as Beyoncé does in the video, but I imagine people will now.

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Frida Kahlo: Will Gompertz reviews new show at London's V&A ★★★★☆

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

If you're anything like me, I bet I know what you do with those few fleeting moments of spare time you have (between watching episodes of Love Island or World Cup matches).

You reach deep into your bookcase and pull out your much-thumbed 1990 edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art & Artists. Because why wouldn't you?

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Will Gompertz reviews Bill Clinton's The President is Missing

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There is a long and noble history of two individuals coming together to create a memorable double act. Braque and Picasso, Lennon and McCartney, Dolce and Gabbana, Morecambe and Wise and French and Saunders spring to mind.

There have also been less successful, rather odd couplings. I'm thinking Bing Crosby and David Bowie, Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood, and now - 513 pages later - Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

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