David Byrne and Brian Eno have a long history together, beginning with the Talking Heads album More Songs About Buildings and Food and leading up to Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Two highly regarded, influential figures of the modern music movement, Byrne and Eno take a different view on approaching the American pop and gospel genres in an unorthodox rock format.
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today began with assorted musical pieces that Eno had collected, and he invited Byrne to write lyrics and add vocals to these create the compositions. The result is a broadly sweeping document, with more inclusion and connection to the listener on songs like the opener, "Home," and the title track.
Talking Heads fans will revel in "Strange Overtones" which would not have been out of place on Speaking in Tongues. “One Fine Day,” fired up church chorus revisionism via the David Eggers’ book What is the What?, takes flight from Eno’s tightly fixed bridge work, and Byrne’s free floating harmonies. "Life is Long" expands upon a journey/character study not at odds with figures Byrne has visited on Fear of Music and Remain in Light.
And, while Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is not as groundbreaking as the pair’s sonic patchwork masterpiece, 1981s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, it does offer sustaining hope, and lends, to the discerning ear, an openness that has marked both musician’s finest work over the last two decades. Look for this one to sit prominently amongst the vast Eno-Byrne library of artistic merit.
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is out now on Todo Mundo.