• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2002

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. ''In Search Of...'' has a crackling vigor missing from the first stab, and its mélange of genres makes for music unlike anything else around.
  2. Evokes Jamiroquai, Steely Dan and Curtis Mayfield--all at the same time.
  3. Mojo
    It is quizzical, troubled, socially concerned, compassionate, schizoid, retro-eclectic, strikingly modern, racially mixed--and even likes women. [Apr 2002, p.112]
  4. Urb
    A densely brilliant sonic template. [June 2002, p.102]
  5. An early contender for album of the year.
  6. 90
    The group studiously avoids the hackneyed synth-slabs that propelled their ascent up the hip-hop production ranks. In doing so they reveal an unforeseen musical sophistication, healthily cleansing themselves of all familiar bling-bling excesses, and reinventing themselves by delving into the realm of live instrumentation.
  7. Spin
    As broad as their discography is, though, In Search Of still feels radical. [Apr 2002, p.113]
  8. Whatever the lyrical content, though, the pleasures of N*E*R*D ultimately come down to their exhilarating production, flush with the breathless energy of rock and starry-eyed with the psychedelic potential of the studio.
  9. A strange, rewarding, unclassifiable journey into the sonic imagination of The Neptunes, and without a doubt the weirdest, funkiest disc ever released by a Britney Spears producer.
  10. It's great to love an album on the surface just for the hooks, and also realize that underneath there is some true thought going into the concept.
  11. Despite the rock, you can still dance to it. [Review of U.S. version]
  12. For all its audacity and lyrical cleverness, Search is an album with insecurities as remarkable as its confidence, with desperate measures justified by sincerity of purpose.
  13. Q Magazine
    Still a stunningly individual reinvention of hip hop and R&B, with great songs swimming in a murk of bizarre arrangements. [Apr 2002, p.119]
  14. Mixer
    Embraces edgy live instrumentation that adds a preferred rawness to the trio's unique brand of urban jams. [Jan 2002, p.73]
  15. While their hitmaking formula is responsible for countless success stories, the talent, smarts, and overall quality of this album prove the Neptunes are infinitely more interesting than most of their clients.
  16. If you're lucky enough to have the original version of 'In Search Of', you don't just own a sure-to-be-valuable collectors' classic, you also have the better album. [Review of U.S. version]
  17. Alternative Press
    The live drums and guitars show how the duo's chartbusting sound bears a surprising similarity to modern metal. [Mar 2002, p.86]
  18. Uncut
    Occasionally, N*E*R*D edge a little closer to staccato nu-metal than fans fo their inventive music might appreciate. [May 2002, p.105]
  19. Sure they're clever, but they're also as shallow as Britney Spears.
  20. While Rap-Metal 101 drums bang away in the background, the basslines are replaced by chugging guitar riffs reminiscent of your high school hardcore band. What remains, though, is the exceptional quality of Pharrell's voice, which, unlike the bass sound, doesn't lose its intensity due to repeated radio exposure.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Dec 25, 2017
    This is perfect "living" music. You can listen while skating, jogging, walking, cruising, or relaxing-it's all perfect. The rough guitars andThis is perfect "living" music. You can listen while skating, jogging, walking, cruising, or relaxing-it's all perfect. The rough guitars and songs like Lapdance are super "2002" but the live drums and the melodies still live up today. Great music overall, especially since it's responsible for people like Tyler, The Creator and Brockhampton, What's not to love? Full Review »
  2. marshallm
    Jun 6, 2005
    what a cd! loved it ! one of my favorites! the 2 best were " baby doll" and "brain"...very original!
  3. JC
    Apr 6, 2004
    Yeah this CD is crazy, only the drums suck.