Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The musical reunion between David Byrne and Brian Eno comes with a fair amount of baggage. After all, they produced some of the greatest records in rock history: the trio of Talking Heads records that Eno worked on, culminating in Remain in Light, and followed by the duo's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where all manner of Afro-funky beats and freaky sampladelic rhythms were wedded to Pentecostal exorcisms and ceremonial bush chants. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a nearly 180-degree turn from the duo's collective musical past. These 11 songs are loopy pop tunes that wed Byrne's strange hearing of gospel and folk to Eno's continually evolving rhythmic and ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The musical reunion between David Byrne and Brian Eno comes with a fair amount of baggage. After all, they produced some of the greatest records in rock history: the trio of Talking Heads records that Eno worked on, culminating in Remain in Light, and followed by the duo's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, where all manner of Afro-funky beats and freaky sampladelic rhythms were wedded to Pentecostal exorcisms and ceremonial bush chants. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a nearly 180-degree turn from the duo's collective musical past. These 11 songs are loopy pop tunes that wed Byrne's strange hearing of gospel and folk to Eno's continually evolving rhythmic and electronic palette -- they refer to it as "folk-electronic-gospel." Granted, Eno's compositional frameworks are all written in major keys, and Byrne's poetically funny, sophisticated lyrics express possibility and hope in the middle of cultural darkness, but while it's clear that the emotional component is shared between the two principals, this is far from "message" music. The set opens with "Home." Strummed acoustic guitars and drum loops textured by sonic wonkery introduce an elegantly simple melody where Byrne, at his full-throated best, sings: "The dimming of the light/Makes the picture clearer...I memorized a face so it's not forgotten...Come back anytime/And we'll mix our lives together/Heaven knows what keeps mankind alive/Every hand -- goes searching for its partner in crime." Brokenness and paradox are also addressed: "Home where my world is breaking in two/Home with the neighbors fighting/Home -- were my parents telling the truth?" Likewise, the title track -- with its warm, liquid guitars, out-of-the-ether sonic architecture, and Byrne's lyric coming from both dream and reflection -- is slower and less jaunty, but poetically moving: "Oh my brother, I still wonder, are you all right/And among the living, we are giving/All through the night...." The backing choral voices give the track its "church" feel, but the message is more human and existential than divinely inspired. Another winner is "Life Is Long," which evokes remembrance as the continuation of the chain of human events. Its horn section touches on soul and rhythm & blues, but is blanched and diluted wonderfully. The only track that consciously attempts the rhythmic complexity of anything on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts is "Poor Boy," which is cosmic science-fiction white-boy funk at its best. It's a warning against following the established order and rampant, empty materialism for their own sake -- its guitar riff comes straight from the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar." Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is, despite the long odds, an inviting, musically satisfying endeavor. It reveals that veteran artists are capable of redefining themselves when refusing to take themselves too seriously. This is unfettered joyful listening.
Boston Globe - Sarah Rodman
Byrne conjures melodies that meander but never lose their tunefulness, and there's a sense of uplift even as an undercurrent of melancholy threads its way through the album like a shiver up the spine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Todo Mundo
  • UPC: 634457504929
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 37,470

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Home (5:05)
  2. 2 My Big Nurse (3:19)
  3. 3 I Feel My Stuff (6:24)
  4. 4 Everything That Happens (3:43)
  5. 5 Life Is Long (3:42)
  6. 6 The River (2:26)
  7. 7 Strange Overtones (4:16)
  8. 8 Wanted for Life (5:06)
  9. 9 One Fine Day (4:53)
  10. 10 Poor Boy (4:16)
  11. 11 The Lighthouse (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Byrne Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Clavinet, Surdo, E-bow, Soloist
Brian Eno Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Brass, Electric Drums, Omnichord, Soloist, Trap Kit
Steve Jones Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Phil Manzanera Guitar
Robert Wyatt Soloist, Frame Drum
Barry Danielian Brass
Tim Harries Bass
Dave Mann Brass
Mauro Refosco Bongos, Conga, Tambourine, Pandeiro, Rattle, Reco-reco, Shaker, Zabumba, Tamborim, Cahones
Paul Shapiro Brass
Leo Abrahams Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy, Soloist, Stylophone, Piano (Upright), Guitar (Baritone)
Dan "D Unit" Levine Brass
Seb Rochford Drums
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer, Programming, Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Patrick Dillett Engineer
Brian Eno Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes
Leo Abrahams Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dan "D Unit" Levine Brass Arrangment
David Bryne Producer, Liner Notes
Jane Geerts Management
David Whitehead Management
Cherif Hashizume Engineer
Robert Harder Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    Brian Eno and David Byrne are without a doubt two of of the most gifted musicians working in the industry today. I've followed Eno from the very beginning and appreciated everything that he has created to the present day. Taking Tiger Mountain is still what I consider one of the greatest albums ever made. As for David Byrne, I am still amazed by what was created on Remain In Light and Speaking In Tongues to name just two examples. That being said, Everything That Happens (despite the good reviews) remains a disappointment. Eno's music is incredible and shows that he is continuing to create exciting music. Byrnes lyrics and melody's (I assume) however, fail in every respect. The song writing is weak and is almost a parody of everything that David Byrne has done to this point. It is always frustrating to hear genius's of the past do terrible new music (i.e Peter Townsend, Roger Waters, the surviving members of Queen to mention a few). I guess that I just wish David Byrne would forget about everything he has done to this point, let his hair down, throw caution to the wind and create something new, original and amazing like he did in the 70's. Is that asking too much from an obvious genius? Maybe.

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