While there's no doubting the pedigree of both Shawn Carter and Kanye West, the collision of both stars on new collaboration Watch The Throne could blind listeners to what's actually contained within the glitzy CD case. As it turns out that's almost the point of this celebration of wealth and excess. There is social comment hidden here, but it's eclipsed by the idealised lifestyles of its protagonists and the booming beats concocted by West.

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