Wednesday, September 03, 2008

David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (Self-Released, 2008)

The collaboration presented here came from David Byrne adding lyrics and vocals to music that Eno had developed. This is a tight and well designed pop album, not quite as experimental as their previous collaboration, but still thoughtful and intelligent. There's a sense of nostalgia and wistful longing that pervades the music, best represented on the opening track "Home" and "The River." "Life is Long" is a very well done pop song, both enthusiastic and catchy without being cloying. "My Big Nurse" melds acoustic guitar to a sweeping cinematic arrangement to good effect. "Strange Overtones" has an interesting electro-pop feel, as does "Wanted for Life" which is a very interesting song. "One Fine Day" has a soaring feel lead by Byrne's deeply emotional singing. They finally start to get a little quirky on the song "Poor Boy" with it's choppy vocals and synth groove. This is a deep and absorbing album, unusual for pop music today which often seems vapid and concerned with style over substance.

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