N*E*R*D – “In Search Of…” review

Even though it was released in Europe in Early August of 2001, N*E*R*D’s debut album In Search Of… was released in the United States in Mid-March of 2002. Unlike the European version (which features a more electronic sound), the US version features a more rock-oriented sound provided by funk rock band Spymob (whom had signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak Entertainment at the time). Everything about this album is flawless from the songwriting to the live instrumentation from Spymob (especially the latter). On the opening track Lapdance. On the track Provider, we get a glimpse of a man who has to leave his love interest to become a drug dealer. On the other hand, the track Bobby James is a tale about a 17 year old named Bobby James who becomes a drug addict & becomes a homeless runaway. I literally cried the first time I heard this song. The instrumentation on here is beautiful & the way the vocals are delivered really bring the story to life. The track Run to the Sun is relatable to me, because I’ve felt the need to run from my problems & never look back. The track Rock Star is basically tells all of the “fuckin’ posers” to just be themselves. The instrumentation on this track is VERY energetic & the vocal delivery (especially when the hook comes) is in your face & straight forward. On the closing track Stay Together, Pharrell tries to figure out what happened with a relationship he had with a girl. Overall, I’d have to say that this is my all-time favorite album from any genre. After I first heard this album back when I was a sophomore in high school, I began taking music a lot more seriously. To this day, I still don’t tired of listening to it

Score: 5/5

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