David Byrne released his solo record American Utopia last week on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, which has earned him his highest charting album ever, entering at No. 1 on the Top Current Album Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and topping both Rock and Alternative Album Charts. American Utopia has also debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Album and Alternative Album charts, another career high for Byrne. There are more career chart highs across Europe, where the new album premiered in the Top 20 in the UK and Ireland, and Top 40 in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Netherlands, among others.
The album has been receiving rave reviews and tremendous critical acclaim. The New York Times noted, "He’s a profile in American reinvention — it’s here a kind of alien found a band, an audience and a home." NPR wrote, "If a brain in a jar could observe the world, make sense of it and churn it into a batch of songs, it would make the album American Utopia."