Fear is the first of Cale's three studio albums for Island Recordsall of which were released in a period of just over a year. During this time Cale Naked - Various - hu H 8 also producing records for other artists, working on albums such as Horses by Patti Smithone of the most influential of all proto-punk records.
In addition to his lead vocals on FearCale also played keyboards, guitars, viola, violin and bass, and was joined by Fairport Convention 's Richard ThompsonRoxy Music 's Brian Eno and Phil Manzaneraand other artists who were signed to Island at the time.
The cover photography was by Keith Morris. Fear was released on 1 October It contained "Sylvia Said Remix " as Fear - John Cale - Comes Alive bonus track. The single version of "Sylvia Said" remained unissued on CD as of Trouser Press called it "a brilliant record full of neat surprises and great, unsettling songs.
Crawdaddy said the album was "in many ways a patchwork of [Cale's] past. His motif, as defined on Parisremains clean, compact, clever melodies, written and produced with a clear understanding of the subtle nuances of mood the simplest of chord structures and breaks can evoke. But the extravagant orchestration which characterized the last solo album has been largely abandoned in favor of a sparser, more barren sound, with just the barest backing essentials augmenting Cale's vocals.
Mick Gold said: "Cale has This Charming Man - Various - Hits 84 Vol II voice of a chameleon.
It's never great singing but his deadpan Welsh-American accent gives it just the right edge. His music has broadened its range whilst also sounding more pared-down. And at least five songs on this album stand equal to the best songs of the 70s. I think it's self-evident from Paris and Fear that Cale's work is more original and more enjoyable than the albums being put out by a dozen better-known artists. Adapted from the Fear liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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