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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

David Byrne & Brian Eno

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Twenty-seven years between collaborations but Brian Eno and David Byrne don’t miss a step as 2008’s Everything That Happens Will Happen Today sounds much like what you might expect from the Eno-influenced Talking Heads era. Unlike the experiments of their 1981 collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where the duo cut and pasted found sounds and grafted rhythm sections on top of disparate instrumentation, Everything relies on Eno pretty strictly for the music and Byrne for the lyrics and melody. This clear cut division of labor makes for relatively conventional returns, considering their avant-garde pedigrees. “Poor Boy” adds an experimental funk to the mix but a track such as “One Fine Day” best represents the tone of this album, sounding as it does like something Eno might have cooked up for U2. The opening track, “Home,” actually summons Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” with its nostalgic toasting of “home.” “My Big Nurse” hides some disturbing images behind its suave façade, uneasy as it is with the masses calmly accepting a low grade war. Masters of subtlety, Eno and Byrne leave the devil in the details. Deciphering those details is where this game begins.

Customer Reviews

Strange Overtones

I'm really impressed with this body of work! Being close to 50, I now find myself underwhelmed by almost everything that I hear - it feels like I've heard everything before and there is nothing, recently (outside of Amos Lee's latest) that possesses value...that feels like art to me. Anyway, this record has value to me and, upon reflection. I would have paid $100 for this record! Eno's grooves and Byrne's soulful voice & poignant lyrics are like chocolate and peanut butter: perfectly matched and perfectly balanced! These are two masters are on top of their game! Finally, I believe that Strange Overtones should be a #1 Pop hit. Now, the chances of that happening are slim to none, but how cool would it be to see popular music awakened from its long coma, by the second coming of these musical Messiahs?!

Will be a modern masterpiece of contemporary music....

The beauty of this album is it's ability to be many things, to many people, with various expectations and taste. Those of us that grew up with Brian and Byrne and their peculiarities can appreciate that this release has plenty of richness and substance, but ultimately it is very accessible to the less demanding and uninitiated. After all, just because it's "alternative" doesn't mean the artist would not prefer it reach and be accepted by many. This is one of those rare gems that you'll want to share with anyone willing to listen (to you and the music) so the gospel of these two ultra-talented citizens touch as many as possible. As to how it rates in my collection, it's early but I'm dong all I can to not play this continuously, and give some time to the other 11,000 + files of my library. Also, if you don't have it already, pick up the Eno & John Cale release of 1990, called the "Wrong Way UP" Give me these two titles along with some Miles Davis, some Coltrane and top it off with some Dylan, Knopfler and Ralph Stanley and I'm complete and ready to go deserted island hunting. Good luck and hope you dig it as much as I do.

WHOA...Eleven songs of GENUIS

Brian Eno And John Cale made the number ONE album of all time with WRONG WAY UP which contained the number ONE song of all time with SPINNING AWAY. This CD, after only one listen has jumped to the number TWO cd of all time. Brain Eno is a genuis.


Born: May 15, 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ambient pioneer, glam rocker, hit producer, multimedia artist, technological innovator, worldbeat proponent, and self-described non-musician — over the course of his long, prolific, and immensely influential career, Brian Eno was all of these things and much, much more. Determining his creative pathways with the aid of a deck of instructional, tarot-like cards called Oblique Strategies, Eno championed theory over practice, serendipity over forethought, and texture over craft; in the process,...
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