Nothing to Fear

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All Music Guide - Kieran McCarthy
Though Nothing to Fear is by no means Oingo Boingo's best album, it is certainly not as bad as many near-sighted critics have asserted. Elfman's songwriting, even when he's not firing on all cylinders, still blows the hinges off most of his peers on their best days. It is true that many songs on this go-around lack the smooth transitions that characterize Only a Lad, but the intricately woven, complex song structures do well to sustain Elfman's erratic mood swings. The album begins strongly, with Boingo's trademark bells and synth on "Grey Matter" and then switches gears with an abrupt slap-bass progression on "Insects." "Private Life" brings it all together, oozing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kieran McCarthy
Though Nothing to Fear is by no means Oingo Boingo's best album, it is certainly not as bad as many near-sighted critics have asserted. Elfman's songwriting, even when he's not firing on all cylinders, still blows the hinges off most of his peers on their best days. It is true that many songs on this go-around lack the smooth transitions that characterize Only a Lad, but the intricately woven, complex song structures do well to sustain Elfman's erratic mood swings. The album begins strongly, with Boingo's trademark bells and synth on "Grey Matter" and then switches gears with an abrupt slap-bass progression on "Insects." "Private Life" brings it all together, oozing forth elaborate instrumentation and rich songwriting. If you can humor Elfman when he gets too excited by his own proselytizing with songs like "Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself," and you give the album a few listens, you'll recognize it's a vastly underrated sophomore effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M Super Budget
  • UPC: 075021325128
  • Catalog Number: 213251
  • Sales rank: 30,988

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oingo Boingo Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Danny Elfman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Sam Phipps Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Soprano (Vocal)
Steve Bartek Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (Rhythm)
Richard Gibbs Synthesizer, Trombone, Bass (Vocal), Keyboards, Vocals
Kerry Hatch Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (Rhythm)
Johnny Hernandez Drums, Bass Drums
Leon Schneiderman Alto, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals, Baritone
Dale Turner Trombone, Trumpet
Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez Drums
Technical Credits
Oingo Boingo Producer
Steve Bartek Horn Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Mitch Gibson Engineer
Kerry Hatch Contributor
Leon Schneiderman Instrument Design
Jules Bates Art Direction, Cover Design, Back Cover
Krohn McHenry Engineer
Georganne Deen Cover Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Boingo album

    Has some essential cuts and, as always, a fun album.

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    Posted December 26, 2010

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