vinyl library #5: n.e.r.d’s ‘in search of…’

Happy Friday! And WHAT a Friday it’s been so far. I was woken up out of my slumber by my cat friend because she decided she wanted to dig around in my trash and chew on an envelope in the middle of the night (i.e. 2am), so I was awake until about 4ish. During that time I listened to Spillage Village’s Spilligion (2020), after seeing that a splattered color variant of the project had been released recently. I’m thinking of moving the second half of our back to back Week Fulla Women in 90s and 00s R&B, so I can do a First Listen on it. Because Y’ALL lol. That project was……………FIRE. I also listened to Lupe Fiasco and Soundtrakk’s TAPE TAPE (2020) and Denzel Curry’s new track at some point during the night, so I want to talk about those as well. The Week Fulla will continue the following week, and that gives me a nice little break. For now, we’ll continue on our trip down early-2000s lane with one of my favorite FAVORITE albums in the world, while I eat some pizza and wait for my duvet to finish drying to I can return to my room.

This week we have N.E.R.D’s ‘In Search Of…’ (2002)

I believe In Search Of… was initially released on standard black LPs (edit: it was!) when it initially came out in 2002. The version I have is a 2014 repress done on 2 white LPs, with the same tracklisting as that first release, which includes the original “electronic” version of “Run to the Sun” (aka one of the best songs ever made).

I am going to always be irritated that I wasn’t a little bit older in the early 2000s, and In Search Of... is one of the reasons for that. When it came out, I was but a wee four year old (when the original version of the project came out and 5 when it was re-released). So my young and developing ears weren’t able to take N.E.R.D in at the start of their prime because I was too busy watching Rugrats. It would actually be about another 10 years before I was introduced to their music.

I’d consider In Search Of… my second favorite N.E.R.D project, coming in after Fly or Die (2004). Which is actually a newer development in my life. Seeing Sounds (2008) was my favorite for a while, primarily off of the strength of “Sooner or Later,” “Love Bomb,” and “Yeah You,” but Fly or Die swooped in and took over the top spot. Soon after, I realized that I listen to In Search Of… all the way through more often than I do Seeing Sounds, so it only felt right to bump In Search Of… into that second spot. It’s really a project that shows off the best of N.E.R.D and is the perfect formal introduction of the group into the world. It really sets the stage well for that they do in their subsequent projects.

There’s supposed to be a version of this released at some point – it was supposed to be last year – that includes both the original version of the project and the “rock” (or second) version (so 4 LPs in total), along with a 24-page book with photos of Pharrell, Chad, and Shay.

I was gonna hold off on buying the album until that finally came out, but I was listening to some songs from In Search Of… the other day (after buying Nothing (2012)), and I decided to just bite the bullet. I’m happy I did. I still want that booklet and the “electronic” version, though, so I will be buying it when it comes out lol. My hope is to buy that and No One Ever Really Dies (2019) to finish up my N.E.R.D collection.

Lil’ Facts

Officially became a part of the collection on October 1, 2020

Bought from:

Hi-Voltage Records

Year of Album Release: 2002

Runtime: 53 minutes

Discogs Release Page

Jacket Style: Single

Format: 2LP

Lowest Price on Discogs (as of 10/3/20): $23.50

Highest Price on Discogs (as of 10/3/20): $123.41

Record Player Set Up Specs:

Turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK Automatic Bluetooth Turntable in Black (from Turntable Lab)

Speakers: Edifier R1280DB Powered Speakers in Black (from Turntable Lab)


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