eMusic Review 0
Elvis Costello once wrote about collaborating with Brian Eno that he "really admired Brian's ruthless and creative use of the erase button." Both Eno and David Byrne do their best work when they've got a creative foil — someone they clearly want to impress, who can offer them the gift of erasure as well as the gift of addition — and their first collaboration in a quarter-century is a return to their curious, push-and-pull synergy, with some of the most solidly crafted songs Byrne has sung since the end of Talking Heads.
Still, anyone expecting it to sound like their previous collaboration, 1981's epochal sound-collage My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, is likely to be surprised: Everything presents eleven straight-ahead rock songs, with Byrne singing and Eno mostly providing backing tracks for him, along with the occasional liquid-milk-chocolate backup vocal. (Eno's old compatriots Robert Wyatt and Phil Manzanera put in cameo appearances, too.)
In fact, if there's any previous Byrne/Eno collaboration that Everything That Happens Will Happen Today takes after, it's their first, Talking Heads '1978 album More Songs About Buildings and Food. As on that record, the songs here are very simple on their surface, but it's… read more »