“Everything That Happens Will Happen Today” by David Byrne and Brian Eno

Album: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Artist: David Byrne and Brian Eno

What happens when you take two artists who are totally unique in their own approach to music and stick them together in an album? Well in the case of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, you get something rather normal. That is not to say that it is boring or like everything else, but rather that the outlandish musical conventions of Eno have been toned down and the bizarre lyrical tension of Byrne’s work with the Talking Heads has been teamed with a heavenly glow.

The first two songs on the album, “Home” and “My Big Nurse” lounge about in an introspective trip down memories and feelings that we are merely observers to. This is only the calm before the storm, as “I Feel My Stuff” features some strange keyboard work and a venomous narration. “Everything that Happens” is a total turnaround from the previous track, a delightful and soulful gospel sound present in both Byrne’s vocal tone and Eno’s instrumentation. The album continues to jump around in sounds, keeping up with the upbeat but mellow juxtaposition.

Everything That stays within a very solid verse-chorus structure with only a few moments for rests and solos. Byrne’s tone remains sharp through each song, which may come as a surprise to those who only hear his uplifting vocal style for a majority of songs. Lyrics such as “When the lost becomes the found/When we fall in love with war/When the angel fucks the whore” and “I heard the sound of someone laughing/I saw my neighbors car explode” are sure to turn some heads in the context of the sounds verses the words. At all times you can feel Byrne’s unique humor at work. Eno does an excellent job of providing breathtaking and personal backdrops for each song. His electronic influence is felt in every nuance, and his use of effects on the acoustic guitar is wise and serves as a great emotional device. The many other studio musicians provide solid work and tie the whole package together.

Both Byrne and Eno have been in the industry for years (and have worked together on an album before) and their experience shows in this catchy and infectious album. For fans of either (or both) men, you will find your particular party hard at work doing what they always do. For those new to the world of Eno and Byrne, this is a fine starting point to delve deeper into their more experimental work.

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is available online at http://everythingthathappens.com/ as a digital download for $8.99, or you can get the CD from the website and stores on November 30th. A special edition is also available for pre-ordering which includes 4 bonus tracks, a hardcover book, a screensaver, a collectors tin and more.

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  1. […] he’s managed to pursue his career as an artist as well. This September, I first heard the new collaborative album between David Byrne and Brian Eno, titled Everything that Happens will Happen Today. It was the melody of the single, Strange […]

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