The Search

  • Record Label: Red Ink
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2007
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It comes off sounding like a transitional recording, but with Son Volt any change is welcome.
  2. Aside from some standout songs, reactions to The Search are largely due to how you feel about the grungy, alt sound.
  3. With everything it has going for it, it should be a lot better than it is.
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    The Search revisits the social commentary of Farrar's old band. [May 2007, p.129]
  5. Spin
    60
    It's a sober cruise down the white line between timelessness and nostalgia. [May 2007, p.90]
  6. Paste Magazine
    60
    On The Search... Farrar discovers some genuinely exciting new haunts, and frontloads them conveniently. [Mar 2007, p.62]
  7. Alternative Press
    50
    It lacks the spark of the band's classic catalog material. [Apr 2007, p.191]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A.Gray
    Apr 16, 2007
    10
    Best since Trace. "Mthamphetamine" and "Underground Dream" are classic alt-country songs.
  2. bryante
    Apr 6, 2007
    9
    I listened to it in the store. I thought it sounded awesome with just samples of each song listened to. Definately on my list of things to I listened to it in the store. I thought it sounded awesome with just samples of each song listened to. Definately on my list of things to buy. After I own it, my opinion my rating could very well go up. Full Review »
  3. GMan
    Mar 30, 2007
    9
    Great album. I keep playing the 5 first songs over and over. Circadian Rhythm (?) is pure gold. The previous album was great too, but this Great album. I keep playing the 5 first songs over and over. Circadian Rhythm (?) is pure gold. The previous album was great too, but this one is more relaxed and diverse. Full Review »