BBC Review Kayne’s dark days have produced an album of awe inspiring design.Stephen Kelly 2010In this day and age most artists are other artists: their lyrics someone else’s clich their careers an imitation, their passions a mere reference. Not Kanye West well, at least not now. For in a genre whose death is declared on a regular basis, West has become three things: interesting, innovative and utterly, utterly mad.Of course, some of this supposed insanity is nothing but self mocking egomania.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileWorst Consumer Electronics Show (CES) press conference of the day, for the second year in a row, goes to Panasonic. Despite having the largest room of the dozen or so press conferences, the company managed to announce . Well.
Some may argue that it’s any company’s job is to produce a profit, pay dividends and invest wisely in both their own resources such as staff an stock holders and to act responsibly and morally when dealing with joe public. It seems to me that it doesn’t matter whether barklays accepted bailout money from the public purse or not, nothing justifies the hugh bonuses or wages to the people at the top and the increase in wages of offset lower bonuses this year, or so we are led to believe, is immoral when the rest of the country is suffering as we are. Let’s not go down the old route of new governments blaming previous governments for ‘the mess we inherited’, let’s remember the global economic meltdown started with the banks and the lack of control governments were using to stop companies such as the banks, and in particular the banks, from acting irresponsibly and immorally amoungst themselves.
Filling the gaps is Frank Delgado, whose layers of samples and keys again lend the overall sound a satisfying richness though the ambience here is more organic than in the past.Compositionally, though, this is the group on safe ground taking cues from their post White Pony catalogue without adventuring into unknown sonic pastures. But don be disheartened, as this relative restraint rewards the listener with a collection that better for its conservatism. Rocket Skates and CMND/CTRL represent the record heaviest tracks, but neither challenges the likes of Elite or When Girls Telephone Boys, from White Pony and Deftones respectively.
In this scenario, you simply have a battle of who has better content rights, and you would be crazy to conclude that Netflix has enough good original content to compete with the company that quite literally wrote the book on blockbuster movies over the last 80 years (and one who just acquired another large content powerhouse in Fox Searchlight). Now throw in the fact that Time Warner owns another (minority) chunk of Hulu that will go to AT in that merger. So what happens if Disney and AT want to team up to destroy Netflix? Time Warner owns TruTV, TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, DC Comics, and a lot more.