fear (Toad the Wet Sprocket album)

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Studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Released August 27, 1991
Recorded Granny's House in Reno, Nevada January 2–27, 1991
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:37
Label Columbia
Producer Gavin MacKillop
Toad the Wet Sprocket chronology
Five Live
Singles from fear
  1. "Is it For Me"
    Released: 1992
  2. "All I Want"
    Released: April 7, 1992
  3. "Hold Her Down"
    Released: 1992
  4. "Walk on the Ocean"
    Released: October 15, 1992
  5. "I Will Not Take These Things for Granted"
    Released: 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

fear is the third studio album released by Toad the Wet Sprocket, their second album for Columbia Records, released in 1991. Toad the Wet Sprocket's first album, Bread & Circus, was self-recorded and released. Their second album, Pale, was self-recorded and the first released by Columbia.

The album was preceded by the single "Is It for Me", which failed to chart well. Its best known single, the second commercial release "All I Want", which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, helped launch their career. On November 6, 1992, fear was certified gold and on September 1, 1994, it was certified platinum.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Toad. However, the liner notes give first and second credits to various members track by track. These differences are noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walk on the Ocean"   todd, dean, randy and glen 3:00
2. "Is It for Me?"   todd, glen, dean & randy 3:24
3. "Butterflies"   todd, glen, dean & randy 4:26
4. "Nightingale Song"   glen, dean, randy & todd 2:03
5. "Hold Her Down"   todd, glen, dean & randy 3:07
6. "Pray Your Gods"   glen, dean, randy & todd 5:03
7. "Before You Were Born"   glen, dean, randy & todd 3:44
8. "Something to Say"   glen, dean, randy & todd 4:02
9. "In My Ear"   todd, dean, randy & glen 3:10
10. "All I Want"   glen, dean, randy & todd 3:17
11. "Stories I Tell"   todd, glen, dean & randy 5:35
12. "I Will Not Take These Things for Granted"   glen, dean, randy & todd 5:46

The sessions produced songs that were not released on fear. "Good Intentions" was released on the Friends television show soundtrack. Several of these outtakes were used as B-sides to the singles from fear and later appeared on the band's 1995 rarities compilation In Light Syrup. A number still remain unreleased.


  • Glen Phillips: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin
  • Todd Nichols: Guitars, Mandolin
  • Dean Dinning: Bass, Keyboards
  • Randy Guss: Drums, Percussion
  • With-Laurel Franklin: Spoken Word, Additional Vocals


  • Produced by Gavin McKillop
  • Engineered by Don Evans, Gavin McKillop & Bjorn Thorsrud
  • Mixed by Gavin McKillop


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 Heatseekers 1
The Billboard 200 49

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "All I Want" Adult Contemporary 14
Mainstream Rock Tracks 22
Modern Rock Tracks 22
The Billboard Hot 100 15
Top 40 Mainstream 4
1993 "Walk on the Ocean" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
The Billboard Hot 100 18
Top 40 Mainstream 10


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RIAA search page through which album's Gold status can be verified