"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
The Word OCTOBER 2008 - by John Moore
DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO: EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN TODAY
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Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is an exuberant, euphonius, pristinely polished collection of songs knocked together by two master craftsmen whose association spans thirty years, with four Eno-produced Taking Heads albums and 1981's full-scale collaboration, My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today sounds just like you hoped it would, only better. Byrne's sweetly observed words of lament and hope melt seamlessly into Eno's intricate sonic confections, and his harmonies are to die for. There are some familiar sounds, especially on Strange Overtones with its kinetic Road To Nowhere beat - humorously acknowledged in the lyric "This groove is out of fashion / These beats are twenty years old". There are guitars that twang off into the ether, Philly horns, dissonant pianos, some top-of-the-range electronica and, on the beautiful My Big Nurse, even a cinema Wurlitzer to be getting on with - and that's before you even get to those harmonies and superb lyrics. It's big and extremely clever, yet one of the easiest on the ear records you'll ever hear. And you'll hear it a lot.