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