Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Everything that Happens Will Happen Today is the product of one of the better collaborations that modern music has known.
  2. Everything That Happens is a brilliant addition to a creative partnership that has yielded so much and shouldn’t have taken 27 years to rekindle.
  3. Everything That Happens is an unexpected album, but a stirring one nonetheless.
  4. While Everything is firmly grounded in Eno and Byrne's previous work, their mutual commitment to musical exploration ensures the album rarely sounds like something we've heard before.
  5. For those exhausted by a modern landscape, where playing a game of spot the musical reference is de rigueur when approaching every new release, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is certainly a welcome relief.
  6. With their new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the pair rejoin the rock conversation as if they'd never left.
  7. Byrne's singing was never exactly the first thing you loved about him--he so often has the high-pitched blankness of a sustained yawn. But he sounds lovely here, age bringing a surer and rawer tone along with more confidence in his question mark.
  8. Uncut
    It's mostly beautiful, and very civilised. [Oct 2008, p.81]
  9. By this point in his career, Byrne's voice has a comforting effect, and the rest of the album builds on this feeling, the lyrics clever if not a little standard, and the music catchy and inviting.
  10. All the proof you need is how buoyant and energized this album leaves you feeling. Hallelujah.
  11. Here, Eno, who wrote the music, opts for a more familiar sound, mixing electronic elements and acoustic guitars to create cottony, unobtrusive pop songs.
  12. This is unfettered joyful listening, and in its own small way, even profound.
  13. It's an enjoyable listen in the here and now, which is all an album has to be, even when created by giants.
  14. Where Eno falters, Byrne picks up the slack. In a first for the notoriously skeptical artist, Everything that Happens is cautiously optimistic, maybe even hopeful.
  15. Filter
    If you generally like Byrne's music, you will unquestionably enjoy this record. If you've come looking for revolution, I'd recommend a time machine. [Holiday 2008, p.100]
  16. 70
    It’s a modest record, but also the first Byrne album in decades to feel sprung from outside the ex-Head’s head space.
  17. Eno and Byrne's twist, however, is the optimism and hope that breathes through every minute of what is not another boundary-demolishing collaboration, but a delicately crafted work that could only have been recorded after dispensing with the rules.
  18. A record on which electronics and a grown-up wistfulness meet in a charming, comfortable manner.
  19. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today may be an album of subtle pleasures, but they are pleasures all the same.
  20. The terrible truth of this album hangs stupidly overhead--that it’s a yawner.
  21. 60
    The second duo record by the former Talking Heads frontman and his experimental producing partner is a thoughtful singer-songwriter exercise. [Oct 2008, p.104]
  22. The Wire
    This mood of rocking-chair wistfulness becomes soporific, and there are times when, frankly, the mind, unjabbed by the sort of stimulus that was once Byrne & Eno's stock in trade, begins to wander. [Oct 2008, p.54]
  23. Under The Radar
    An underwhelming collection that lacks focus and rarely lives up to the lofty aspirations of these two titans of modern music. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  24. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    Going into this record, I expected two rock legends to dish out an album of epic proportions. What I received wasn't exactly that, but stillGoing into this record, I expected two rock legends to dish out an album of epic proportions. What I received wasn't exactly that, but still a solid collaboration between Byrne & Eno. Eno still pumps out fantastic synth beats and catchy hooks while Byrne still has the lungs to belt out some great tracks. All In All, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today is a good record. I personally prefer the collaboration between Annie Clark & David Byrne. Full Review »
  2. noddinnof
    Feb 6, 2009
    A major disappointment. Somewhere in the middle of the album the lyrics go "This groove is out of fashion/These beats are 20 years old." Yep. A major disappointment. Somewhere in the middle of the album the lyrics go "This groove is out of fashion/These beats are 20 years old." Yep. Exactly. Although I thought 'groove' was an overstatement. It's a uneven, saccharine flavored attempt to force sunshine in the absence of inspiration. Irritating. First listen was in my car. I'm a person that keeps every CD that crosses my path and I rolled down the window to through the thing out. In the end I couldn't do it. Don't know why. Full Review »
  3. SimonS
    Feb 4, 2009
    In their decades-long careers, Eno and Byrne have not exactly been strangers to experimental and niche musical territory but, at the same time, they