ACL Fest Friday Reviews

ACL Fest Friday Reviews

David Byrne & Brian Eno

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

The last time Byrne and Eno met on record was 1981's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, a sample-heavy sound collage screwed and chopped in the experimental twilight of NYC. Its follow-up 27 years later shrugs off the avant coil and puts on a sensible sweater. Byrne provides vocals, Eno the music, and the two layers yield actual songs this time: the charming, wobbly "Strange Overtones," where Byrne jabs: "This groove is out of fashion. These beats are 20 years old"; gospel strong-arm "One Fine Day"; and luminous closer "The Lighthouse," which has Eno's warm keys all over it. By contrast, the outdated beats of six-minute "I Feel My Stuff" and "Poor Boy" sit uncomfortably next to torch song "My Big Nurse" and muted colors of "Everything That Happens." Thirty years after first collaborating on the Talking Heads, these two don't have to mine the past since there's nothing that remarkable about Everything. Is it blasphemy to have expected more from two musical innovators, or is it just time for everyone to finally sing along? (David Byrne plays 6:30pm, AT&T stage.)

**

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Audra Schroeder
SXSW Interactive Conference Quick Cuts
The Signal & the Noise
Statistician Nate Silver on more data, more problems

March 15, 2013

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Kiss of the Damned'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

March 15, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

David Byrne & Brian Eno

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle