- Personnel: David Byrne (vocals, guitar, E-bow, piano, Clavinet, surdo, percussion, programming); Brian Eno (guitar, electric guitar, strings, brass, piano, organ, omnichord, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Leo Abrahams (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, hurdy-gurdy, piano, percussion, programming, background vocals); Steve Jones (guitar, electric guitar); Phil Manzanera (guitar); Dave Mann , Dan "D Unit" Levine, Paul Shapiro , Barry Danielian (brass); Sebastian "Seb" Rochford (drums); Mauro Refosco (congas, bongos, pandeiro, rattle, reco-reco, shaker, tambourine); Robert Wyatt (frame drum).
- Audio Mixer: Patrick Dillett.
- Liner Note Authors: David Bryne; Brian Eno.
- Recording information: Cafe Music Studios (2006-2008); Harder Sound (2006-2008); Home Studios (2006-2008); Kampo studios, New York, NY (2006-2008).
- David Byrne and Brian Eno's 1981 masterpiece, MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS, was a precocious slab of sampladelic art-funk that proved hugely influential. Twenty-seven years later, they finally got around to making another album together, but it's a far cry from BUSH OF GHOSTS' modernist World Music. Byrne and Eno called EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS WILL HAPPEN TODAY their "electronic gospel" album, and it's easy to see what they mean, though there's obviously more to the story.
- While the tracks are less electronically derived than the pair's description might imply, the harmonies and melodies do indeed bear a trace of American gospel/soul influence. It's certainly one of the rootsiest-sounding records either man has made. There are still plenty of classic ambient Eno touches to the production, but these are largely conventional song structures, with straightforward melodic lines sung by Byrne and the occasional twist thrown in. A couple of tunes get a bit funkier/stranger, bearing echoes of Byrne's Talking Heads past, but for the most part, where BUSH OF GHOSTS darted in and out of the shadowy brush, this collaboration sits on the front porch rocker amiably reeling off engaging yarns.
Rolling Stone (p.69) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "EVERYTHING sounds more like a Heads record than anything Byrne's done since the band split in 1991. A radiantly tuneful set made with sidemen...the album often evokes sublime, slow-to-midtempo Heads songs like 'Heaven'..."
Rolling Stone (p.94) - Ranked #42 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "It's the strongest set either of these visionaries has released in ages..."
Spin (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] thoughtful singer-songwriter exercise....The elegiac opening ballad 'Home' comes on like a U2-size, album-closing climax..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "[T]his reunion is filled with straightforward folktronica anthems. Best of all is the bewitching 'Strange Overtones,' which features bubbly guitar and a disco momentum."
The Wire (p.54) - "[With] 'Pooor Boy', which displays a flash of livewire, neurological energy which the world could do with more of right now, and which they're still capable of providing."
CMJ - "No matter what genre he touches on, Eno spices up his sounds with selections from his usual bag of tricks: digital drum loops, layered ambient sounds and off-kilter rhythmic surges."
Blender (Magazine) (p.73) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Eno's music is warm and inviting, full of wide spaces and quiet corners....The first Byrne album in decades to feel sprung from outside the ex-Head's head space."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] superb loving embrace between two great artists....This 10-track album is musically pliant and wide-ranging."