David Byrne & Brian Eno
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
The last time David Byrne and Brian Eno joined forces, they changed the face of music, said Alexis Petridis in the London Guardian. In 1981 superproducer Eno and Byrne, then of the Talking Heads, came together to create the heady My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. The album married “jittery dub, Fela Kuti–influenced funk, and borrowed voices,” and also introduced the sampling and mixing techniques that are now omnipresent. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, which reunites the masterminds after 27 years, isn’t groundbreaking but rather an album of “subtle pleasures.” Eno provides the music; Byrne wrote the lyrics and sings lead. They’re both weird as ever but wiser than they were 30 years ago, said Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. From the gliding “Home” to the wistful “Strange Overtones,” the pair has composed an “electronic gospel” album filled with affecting hymns about aging, fate, and modern life. Eno brings “an effervescent sonic gloom,” adding “mystery and tension to Byrne’s plainspoken lyrics.” They tackle death and devastation with maturity and warmth, said Jim DeRogatis in the Chicago Sun-Times. This introspective yet hopeful album is thus among the most “accessible, enjoyable” work by either artist.