Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Brian Eno and David Byrne’s second album together sounds nothing like the experimental and sample based My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. It’s gospel inflected electronic pop; apparently Eno had been listening to a lot of gospel music and had even joined a choir, but when he wanted to create his own gospel album, found himself unable to write appropriately uplifting lyrics. So Eno composed the music, and recruited Byrne to write the vocal melodies and lyrics. Thematically, Eno has also said the album is about “painting a picture of the human trying to survive in an increasingly digital world.”
‘I Feel My Stuff’ with its pulsing rhythm and Eno’s hypnotic wall of backing vocals is a standout, while ‘Strange Overtones’ goes into a distorted organ solo. Byrne’s vocals are strong – he has a surprisingly pretty voice when he’s not adopting his Talking Heads’ mannerisms.
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a little samey to be completely essential, but it’s a surprisingly vibrant and accessible effort from two artists whom I was no longer expecting much from.