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Fear Yourself

Daniel Johnston, Daniel Johnston And Mark Linkous Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sketch
  • ASIN: B00008CGUQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Forever Your Love 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Love Not Dead 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Hurt Me 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album from a troubled genius 26 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled upon this album quite by accident in my local record store, but it hasn't been off my CD player since. Quite simply, if you love music you will treasure this album.
Research reveals Johnston has been a major figure in the American underground indie scene for many years, thanks to recommendations from the likes of Kurt Cobain, David Bowie and MTV's "Cuttin Edge". A highly creative singer-songwriter, Johnston pens songs of love lost, existential despair and hope tinged with sadness.
His battle with manic depression naturally infiltrates his music, but there's a depth to his music which defies this simple categorisation. Vocally, he's no Nick Drake, but like so many great singer-songwriters before him (Bob Dylan being the obvious example) you forgive him this; for the quality of melody is so high, and the feeling he puts into his songs is so intense.
"Now" kicks off the album in style, sounding for the most part like a cheap home taping. It probably is: Johnston started his career by handing out home-made tapes of his music on the street to prospective fans.
"Love Enchanted" is a moving ballad of theatrical proportions, Daniel's clunky piano playing echoing the lyrics perfectly:
"Would you follow me anywhere? / Are you entertained by deep despair? / [I'll] have you on the edge of your chair / wondering what love's sorrow got you there"
"Fish" is the standout track here. Slightly reminiscent of the Barenaked Ladies at their best, it's cheery singalong chorus masks the rather dark lyrics.
Love is a strong and constant theme: "Power of Love", "Forever Your Love" and "Love Not Dead" being key examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to his other albums - in a good way. 29 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have read reviews on the internet berating this album for being "too clean, too cliche, too simple," but I really do not see where this is coming from. Possibly, as this was the first of Daniel's albums I had heard (I came from the Sparklehouse production angle) it is colouring my enjoyment - but I don't feel this is the case. If you have heard Daniel's work before you know what to expect - emotional delivery, 'innocent' lyrics and his trademark voice, but I see this as being a massive step up. I have since got Yip Jump Music and Hi, How are You and can safely say this album is better. The other older songs were entirely different animals, spotty recordings and spotty songs. The Lo-Fi feeling of the tapes helps the cause of the other albums, but where songs like "I Had Lost My Mind" and "Chord Organ Blues" are excellent, alien entities, half the albums are full of songs like "I Picture Myself With A Guitar." People will probably say I don't "understand" these songs. But let's face it, they are pretty poor. This album is a step into the light. Everything is in tune and in time, Daniel's hypnotic voice is accompnied by lush strings and mellotron - I'm sure this is what Daniel's songs sound like in his head. When he sings "Love will save you now..." you can feel he means it.
I've warbled on here, but you cant describe this album or any of his other ones. All I can say is how much I love this album, and can't wait for more albums from him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fear yourself - DON'T FEAR dan johnston !!!! 18 May 2011
By jman jr
Format:Audio CD
Very strong lp from 2003 - Dan sounding much clearer than his earlier tape albums - but he is still as brilliant as ever.
There is not a bad song anywhere & prob has my fave daniel johnston cover!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of the dreamy and the upbeat 25 May 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This great album starts off with an upbeat Johnston on guitar singing, in lo-fi, the first part of 'Now' - it is an infectiously rousing song - the kind of song one could imagine being written in a fit of passion or excitement, and one of my favourites of all Daniel's many great songs. The lo-fi evokes reminiscences of his early albums created at home on a domestic tape recorder. The whole album combines these more upbeat songs with dreamy, contemplative ones. The arrangements are imaginatively done, using a whole variety of electronic and acoustic instruments, and the level of inspiratiuon on the part of Johnston is up there with the best of his work.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Does It Again. 24 April 2003
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fear Yourself is brilliant. It's beautiful, honest, sad, cheerful, and everything we've come to expect from Daniel Johnston. Syrup of Tears is the ultimate song about not giving up on love. The lyrics are beautiful. "Tears fall left and right. No hope in sight. Like heavy syrup for sorrow pancakes so flat. Keep it light forever, not realizing my own fate. It's great, the weight upon me now." Brilliant. Syrup of Tears is, in my opinion, one of the most moving songs Daniel has ever written.
Anyway, the whole album is excellent. I highly recommend it to anybody who likes different music.
We love you, Daniel.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel continues to amaze 30 Mar 2003
By Christian J. Burnham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fear yourself proves (yet again) that DJ is one of the most original and consistently brilliant songwriters in this country.
Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse produced this album- and his experimental sounds mesh well with Daniels innocent voice. The biggest surprise for DJ watchers is that this is probably his happiest most cheerful album in years. Of course, this is Daniel's take on happiness- and regret and missed chances are never far away . Great drawing on the cover too! What more do you want?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic 24 Nov 2004
By x51out - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on a hunch after reading a newspaper article about some amateur musician/artist with mental problems. This is absolutely NOT the type of music I normally listen to... yet I was completely slack-jawed and awe-struck when I first listened to this CD. In other words: I love this stuff. I didn't even have to listen to it a few times. I liked it right away. I am not saying that this is for everyone, but this material is an instant classic. You kind of have to understand this guy to appreciate the music, and if you don't then you don't... I am sure it is ok by him... he'd still ask you: "hi how are you"?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of DJ's best 18 Sep 2011
By Luke Anthony Sawczak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I normally dislike Daniel's later stuff, preferring his early homemade tapes to the very slow, poor articulation that marks his later work. However, it would be hard to deny that his songwriting since Fun and Why Me? has only improved. Fear Yourself features some of the best of his later career; I recommend Syrup of Tears, Power of Love, Wish, and Love Enchanted especially.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bad Singer? So Is 90% of Punk... 21 April 2006
By Paul Dembinski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't buy this or the equally as important album "The Late Great Daniel Johnston" because of a review below concerning his "amatuerish" singing. This is completely ridiculous and unjustifiable. I remember hearing David Byrne 29 years ago on "Talking Heads 77" and thinking the same thing...for about 10 seconds before I understood that his importance and truth as a songwriter had nothing to do with his ability to sing and emotionally relate honest his feelings. In truth? Daniel eclipses Mr. Byrne in every facet imaginable.

I'm still wiping away my tears...God bless this man!
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