- Audio CD (6 Aug. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Special Edition
- Label: Virgin America
- ASIN: B00005JRSZ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"No-one Ever Really Dies" according to hip-hop uber-producers The Neptunes (aka Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), who have reincarnated themselves (along with singing high school pal, Shay) as N*E*R*D, a crew of buddhist gang-bangers. And if that sounds like a contradiction too hard to reconcile, then you may just be right. In Search Of kicks off with N*E*R*Ds signature tune, "Lapdance", which purports to contain a socially conscious message but works best as a lascivious blast of brainless bump and grind that the group are hard pushed to better. As their moniker suggests, there's something distinctly awkward about these guys. Although more than competent musically, lyrically much of "In Search Of" sounds as if they're trying too hard to be different. To level his karma after "Lapdance", Shay feels compelled to blurt out "I just want your brain" to a prospective partner (on "Brain"). On "Provider", he attempts to soften his street-hustling activities by insisting to his boo that her welfare is his primary concern. The geek humour of the between-song skits falls completely flat. But when all fails they simply return to the tried and true. The insistent bassline of "Lapdance" reprises on "Truth Or Dare", along with stark dramatic strings and a guest vocal from Kelis. "Stay Together" ups the charm factor with saccharine psychedelia and harmonised backing vocals. "Baby Doll" rides on a punk bassline and mondo exotica chorus. "Tape You" begins as a slick street soul mantra about a guy videotaping his girl going through the motions and descends into two-minutes plus of orchestrated moans and groans. "Rock Star-Poser" is a mash of discordance and distortion. The record closes with the swaying "Bobby James" Shay's effects his best George Clinton barber-shop croon. With In Search Of, The Neptunes have set out on what promises to be an interesting journey. They just haven't decided on their destination.--Chris Campion
Top Customer Reviews
"Stay Together" are a close second.
OK, If you've listened to anything produced by NERD (neptunes) previously (its impossible not to have)you will be given the wrong impression by this album. NERD's own style and flavour are slightly different to what they produce as they are producing with the artist in mind. However, if you love the above styles of music and want something different NERD is for you.Listen hard to it, give it some time and you will love it. From a true fan xx
On first listen to the album, I was generally quite disappointed - only really Lapdance and Truth or Dare sounded like the sort of stuff they did before. But up on listening more to it, it definitely grew on me more, and I generally find there only to be a couple of duff tunes (Brain and Provider are particular offenders).
I pondered on buying the rereleased and rerecorded version of the album, because some reviews I had read said that they thought the original version was better, but I decided to get it anyway.
One of the first things that struck me when I first listened to this was that it sounded more like a live album - kind of like how Kelis' band sounds live. To me this is what makes the new version better.
The new sounding approach does wonders for Truth or Dare an Am I High, and while it isn't completely noticable on some tracks it still gives them an added bit of dimension.
Would be a 5 star if they had ommitted Brain and Provider, but you can't get everything in life. At least they got rid of the sex noises on Tape You - not that they personally bothered me, but it was embarrassing when I was listening to it and my mum would walk into the room!
The cheapest and most easily available has a green cover with all of them on it, then there's a version with a photo of shay playing a video game.
I was quite surprised to see that both versions linked to the same customer reviews.
The Shay/videogame cover was the first to be released as a limeted edition (although it didn't sell very well and stayed on the shop shelves for some time). In this version the music is all synthesised. When they completed it they weren't happy with it and wanted to try again. natuarally the record company wasn't so thrilled so they came to the compromise of releasing a limited edition.
This is the version i heard first and fell in love with.
A few months later they released the green cover this time featuring a band called Spymob playing all the instruments - lots of electric guitars.
I found it harder to accept this new version as the songs simply couldn't seem as fresh to me.
but on contemplation i think the green version is probably the better album. but at least two of the songs are better on the original (too much added to the re-release - i'm looking at you rock star, or rock star poser as it's orginally called) and other songs are as good but different.
apart from that the main difference is a different track order and the original has a lot of skits on it, which i've never been a fan of but these one's are quite entertaining - the first time at least.
So buy the green version and if you love it (you really have to love it - the shay video game cover's pricey!) get the original, think of it as a directors cut.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic album, this is the second time I bought it. Almost every song is a story to an epic beat. Everyone should own his album.Published 22 months ago by Conor
One of my favorite albums. All the tracks are strong, but there are a few stand out tracks. Lapdance and Rockstar are perhaps the best tracks on this album, but there is a great... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2013 by Sneaks!
THis is one of those albums you can put on repeat during the day. The album is able to present you with relaxing songs as well as ones that get you hyped and happy.Published on 14 April 2013 by A reviewer
N*E*R*D's first album 'In Search Of....' is an album of pure brilliance. The album consists of a variety of music styles which are fantastically put together. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by Mark Thomas
N.E.R.D. used the incredibly swinging Spymob to rerecord this brilliant mix of Hip Hop & a bundle of retro ideas. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2009 by Tyrone
This review is for the original electronic release, not the rock version.
I remember when this album came out back in 2001, I wasn't feeling The Neptunes at the time. Read more
Having bought their second album ("Fly or Die") because of the Jason Nevins remix of "Rock Star", which I had listened to from the SSX 3 video game, I had high hopes. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2005 by Gopher
this cd its far much better compared to fly or die which I found very dissapointing as every single song on that album was all too the same(honest)while on N.E.R. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2004 by Greta Harris