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Fear

Toad The Wet SprocketAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: August 27, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027JR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album is full of smart and catchy pop/rock songs brought to life by four great musicians.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of the 1990s June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I had the opportunity to see Toad the Wet Sprocket live in 1988 in a small club right here in Ithaca, but I'd never heard their music (much less heard of them), so I passed it up. When the single "All I Want" hit the airwaves a few years later, I managed to get a hold of a friend's copy of the album, and I immediately regretted my lack of foresight those years earlier.

This is one of maybe a dozen albums in my collection of nearly a thousand that I consider "perfect" in the sense that there are no clunker tracks, no filler. Every song is powerful, every song connects emotionally and musically. Although the disc is in my car CD changer's regular "rotation" for roadtrips, I actually listen to it perhaps *less* often than some others, because it's so powerful that I don't want to overdo it.

In an age when bands were just trying to get their videos on MTV and ride the next wave of mainstream alternative, Toad's sincerity oozed from every track. If you doubt it, try to imagine an all-male band singing an empathetic, apologetic anti-rape song... and pulling it off ("Hold Her Down").

No fan of rock music will regret owning this CD. It's Toad at their creative peak.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running the Gamut of Human Emotion December 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I think Fear is probably the most complex of Toad's albums, and with the most variety of moods. If Toad is indeed the thinking man's band, then this album is a quintessential piece of work. You've got beauty in songs like Walk on the Ocean, a rather paradoxical simplistic diversity in "Butterflies"--a unique and unusual musical setup coupled with the contrastingly uncomplex central concept of the song--childish wonder in "Is it For Me", raw anger in "Hold Her Down", human yearning in "All I want", wit in "Something to Say", wistful appreciation in "I Will Not Take These Things For Granted"...Glen Phillips' lyrics are characteristically haunting, and musically speaking, the depth of the band is incredible. If you're a Toadfan, I'm surprised you don't have this, but if you're just getting into them or even have no idea who they are, buy it. I guarantee you will be completely blown away....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of music September 18, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This album (and all of Toad's) are even more important in my CD collection since Toad's breakup. This CD finally saw Toad come into their own as a talented modern rock band.
All of these songs are good, with only "In My Ear" being a slight disappointment. On most other albums, it would be good, but compared to the others, it has its shortcomings. The album opens with the single "Walk on the Ocean," an uplifting if reserved look at moving on in life. "Nightingale Song" is unassuming and unambitious, but nonetheless is one of the best songs here. "Pray Your Gods" is one of the most inherently gorgeous rock songs ever, with the haunting female vocal at the end as a perfect resolution. "I Will Not Take These Things for Granted" is a triumph of lyricism, with numerous images of separation and tranquility describing the feeling of being away from someone you care deeply about. "Stories I Tell" has a great bass line throughout, which heightens the alienation expressed in the lyrics. "All I Want" is a superb work of songcraft, from the opening drum line, to the great guitar work, and superb vocals and lyrics throughout. The best facet of the album, especially compared to earlier ones, is the introduction of an edgier sound, though maintaining the band's great sense of melody. "Hold Her Down" is a great example, with its driving guitar and bass and angry lyrics. The band changes tempo in the song, too, which produces a great effect. Perhaps the most striking song, though, is "Butterflies," with its use of spoken word, hard-driven drums, chantlike verses, and then dissolving into gorgeous three-part counterpoint harmony in the refrains. The complexity of the songs adds much to this CD. I would recommend it to anyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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During the course of their ten year career in the music business, Toad the Wet Sprocket quitely made some of the best and most listenable tunes this side of U2 or REM.
In many ways, it is not surprising this great band or this great album was overshadowed by other efforts from that same year (1991) that included Pearl Jam's "Ten", U2's "Achtung Baby", Nirvana's "Nevermind", and Red Hot Chili Peppers "Blood Sugar Sex Magik", as it lacked the sense of urgency or "newness" of these and many other huge recordings of the 1990's.
This is really a shame because this album boasts 12 great tunes, some of which gained moderate exposure ("All I Want", "Walk on the Ocean") but deserved so much more. The point however, was that Toad was not a single band, but they made albums in which every song counted, and every song resonated with a immense sense of earnestness and sincerity which really comes through. One listen through "Fear" makes this apparent, but many more listens are sure to follow.
Put simply, the album is incredibly well-thought out and listenable, with not a dull moment from start to end. It is excellent for long drives in the car, background music when doing work or the dishes, or any other setting. While some music in your collection may be considered "mood music," Toad the Wet Sprocket's album "Fear" can be listened to at any time and in any mood with the result being immensely satisfying nevertheless. Great music for any mood, "Fear" is a hidden treasure begging to be discovered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars by far the best Toad the wet sprocket album
if you only get one of their cd's get this one. it has a ton of hits to sing along with in the car with the windows down and embarrass your kids. Pale is the next best album.
Published 5 months ago by Mike Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars great debut for the band
i had lost the CD, and feared that in would be destined to only catch bits and pieces once in a while. glad i found it on Amazon for a great price.
Published 10 months ago by Dave McCulloch, III
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I bought this album soon after it came out. It had been one of my favorites for awhile and then for whatever reason I had stopped listening to it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by DebbieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
My sister, who was in college in Santa Barbara at the time, told me I HAD to check out TTWS. I remember saying, "Toad what? Read more
Published on April 15, 2012 by David F.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i love Toad, and this is one of their best albums. recommend for anyone who is trying to get into this band as a first album!
Published on March 28, 2012 by Eric Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
Don't write these things. But I am certainly a music buff and this one slipped by me for about 20 years. Listen to it!
Published on December 12, 2010 by Mark L.
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging blend of folk and rock music
I have owned the Fear CD since late 1993 and recently rediscovered it while going through my collection. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Toad's Finest
This was the first CD I ever bought (my parents were slow to come around the compact disc when I was growing up). If I had never bought another, this album would have been enough. Read more
Published on October 17, 2007 by Colin Mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Love Toad
I don't usually bother with writing reviews, but I feel I owe to the band, as well as to a great many potential listeners who may not be familiar with the group. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006 by xanixus
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Just bought this. The two main songs on it, as usual, still great. The rest, even better! Only CD I think I've heard where I've loved ALL songs...and they keep getting better.
Published on March 15, 2006 by J.C.
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