I’ve never seen such a huge difference in the release date of the digital version of an album versus the release date of the physical package.
If you check out the David Byrne/Brian Eno site for their new album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, you can purchase the digital songs – in MP3 or FLAC (lossless) – right now. However, if you want the physical CD, as well, you’ll have to wait until November 30. Seems like a long time, to me.
The other oddity is that for $69.99, you can order a specially-packaged CD with four extra songs and a video about the making of the album. Seems a bit steep. But if you look at it, I think you’re probably paying mostly for the packaging. So even though anyone who purchases it will be BUYING the four extra songs, they’ll be PAYING for the packaging.
Either way, I’ve made my way through the entire album, and it’s like Eno and Bynre never stopped collaborating. The songs are just as exploratory and rhythmic as My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Makes me even that more excited to see David Byrne in Milwaukee this fall. I just wish Eno would have toured with him.
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