During the course of the late '70s and early '80s, Eno and Byrne worked together on some groundbreaking Talking Heads albums. Under their own names the two also created one of my favorite records ever, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Its experimental studio groove workouts were topped by found voices and such, all before samplers made this an easy task. This new record, a primarily emailed collaboration between the two, is nothing like ...Bush of Ghosts, but instead creates some fun pop music for David to sing to and lush, rhythmic arrangements. Everything... was produced by Brian Eno and David Byrne, with additional production and a co-writing credit from Leo Abrahams. According to the liner notes, "Brian and David's stuff was recorded at their home studios." Overdubs of brass and percussion and mixing by Patrick Dillett at Kampo Studios, NYC. Leo Abrahams and Cherif Hashizume at Cafe Music Studios recorded live drums, which add much life to Eno's initial loops, and Robert Harder at Harder Sound also recorded drums. Mastered by lucky Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC. (available online in various configurations from $8.99 to $69.99, www.everythingthathappens.com) -LC Can I add that this is unexpectedly one of my favorite albums of 2008. Like Larry, I was expecting more of ... Bush of Ghosts, but the upbeat, joyous, almost gospel feel at times of this record, combined with Eno's groovy production has this one getting played every few days. Some of Byrne's best vocal and lyrical work as well. You'll find yourself singing and even dancing along with it. -JB

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