Nothing to Fear

Nothing to Fear

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by Oingo Boingo
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
0075021325128
catalogNumber:
213251
Rank:
27871

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oingo Boingo   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
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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Nothing to Fear 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Has some essential cuts and, as always, a fun album.