The Search - Son Volt
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  • Summary: Frontman Jay Farrar produced the band's fifth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. "The Search" is Son Volt 2.0, a modern, mature album that might be the group's best yet. [10 Mar 2007]
  2. The Search is a potent reminder of why Farrar was and is one of the watershed artists of the alt-country movement.
  3. While it may be impossible for this Son Volt to ever reach the pinnacle of their 1995 debut, no one can accuse Jay Farrar of going through the motions.
  4. Aside from some standout songs, reactions to The Search are largely due to how you feel about the grungy, alt sound.
  5. The Search revisits the social commentary of Farrar's old band. [May 2007, p.129]
  6. On The Search... Farrar discovers some genuinely exciting new haunts, and frontloads them conveniently. [Mar 2007, p.62]
  7. 30
    The saggy country-rock complaints about corporatization and alienation [Farrar] offers... sound like submissions to an Air America poetry contest. [Apr 2007, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. jakos
    Mar 6, 2007
    Awsome! Jay has done it again
  2. TimA
    Mar 5, 2007
    Farrar and company add some new instruments and technique to their signature sound to great effect without coming off as experimental or forced. The same great songwriting and familiar voice remain. Great album. Expand
  3. A.Gray
    Apr 16, 2007
    Best since Trace. "Mthamphetamine" and "Underground Dream" are classic alt-country songs.
  4. MikeJ
    Mar 7, 2007
    Excellent album! The best Son Volt record since Straightaways, and it's as good as that, just in a different way. I didn't think it would be this good after the spotty Okemah, but it's really a great record. Highways and Cigarettes, the Picture and Methamphetamine are all classics. Expand
  5. DaveH
    Mar 18, 2007
    Incredible. "Highways and cigarettes" is the most hauntingly beautiful song I have heard in years.
  6. drewc
    Mar 20, 2007
    Best album Jay Farrar has created yet!!
  7. RobS
    Mar 16, 2007
    Very good album! I would give it an 8 normally but I pushed it up to a nine because it was great to hear Son Volt (Jay) stretching out a bit. It's very consistent, although for me, ther wasn't anything that quite reaches the heights of Bandages and Scars or Atmosphere from Okemah. Expand

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