fear (Toad the Wet Sprocket album)

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Fear
Toad the Wet Sprocket Fear.jpg
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
Pale
(1990)
fear
(1991)
Five Live
(1993)
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 (commonly stylized as fear) is the third studio album by Toad the Wet Sprocket, their second album for Columbia Records, released on August 27, 1991. fear was the first commercially successful album for the band, selling over a million copies and was certified platinum three years after release, on September 1, 1994.[2] The album reached #49 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums in September 1992,[3] and two of the singles charted in the United States. "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean" peaked at #15 and #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.[4]

Background[edit]

Toad the Wet Sprocket's first album, Bread & Circus, was financed and recorded by the band in eight days for $650 in 1989.[5][6][7] The band sold copies of the album on cassette, eventually signing with Columbia Records after recording their second album, Pale. Despite an offer from Columbia to restart the sessions for Pale, the band decided to continue to record the album by themselves at a cost of $6,000, and re-release it with Columbia.[7]

Recording[edit]

The songs for the album were recorded at Granny's House, Reno, Nevada.[8][9] fear was produced, recorded and mixed by Gavin MacKillop,[9] a role he would reprise for the band's next two releases, 1994's Dulcinea and 1997's Coil.

Columbia financed the mixing of fourteen songs for the album, with twelve to be released. The two songs left off the album, "Good Intentions" and "All in All," were both released on the 1995 rarities collection In Light Syrup, along with several other tracks recorded during the fear sessions. The band were in disagreement over "All in All" and "All I Want," and eventually "All I Want" was chosen to complete the record.[5]

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" Glen Phillips, Todd Nichols, Dean Dinning, and Randy Guss 3:00
2. "Is It for Me?" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 3:24
3. "Butterflies" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 4:26
4. "Nightingale Song" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 2:03
5. "Hold Her Down" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 3:07
6. "Pray Your Gods" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 5:03
7. "Before You Were Born" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 3:44
8. "Something to Say" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 4:02
9. "In My Ear" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 3:10
10. "All I Want" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 3:17
11. "Stories I Tell" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 5:35
12. "I Will Not Take These Things for Granted" Phillips, Nichols, Dinning, and Guss 5:46

Credits[edit]

  • 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

Production[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Toad the Wet Sprocket - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  4. ^ "Toad the Wet Sprocket - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  5. ^ a b "TOAD the WET SPROCKET". www.frightanic.com. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Interview: Toad the Wet Sprocket Conquer Their "Fear"". owl and bear. 2016-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  7. ^ a b "MidwesTIX - Toad the Wet Sprocket". prod1.agileticketing.net. Retrieved 2016-07-26. 
  8. ^ Kyle, Joseph (June 1, 2015). "I Will Not Take These Things For Granted: The Making of Toad The Wet Sprocket's Fear". The Recoup. 
  9. ^ a b "Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-07-26.