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  • Audio CD (Feb. 28 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000078JM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
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1. Lapdance - Chad Hugo
2. Things Are Getting Better
3. Brain
4. Provider
5. Truth or Dare - Kelis
6. Tape You
7. Run to the Sun - Chad Hugo
8. Baby Doll
9. Am I High
10. Rock Star
11. Bobby James
12. Stay Together
13. Bobby James - Chad Hugo

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Special Limited Edition is Completely Different Than the Us Version. This Version Includes the Electronic Instruments that were Eschewed in Favour of a Live Band and Live Musicians for the USA Edition. The Alter Ego of the Hottest Producers in Pop Today,the Neptunes, N.e.r.d. Specialize in Fusing Pop, R&b, Hip Hop and Funk Into a Blend that Sounds Completely Freshto the Ear and Irresistable to the Heart. Add a Genuine Sense of Humour to it all and You have the Makings of an Enduring Pop Classic.


The electro-powered grooves of the writing-production team the Neptunes have abetted fine-to-great tracks by everyone from Jay-Z and Ol' Dirty Bastard to Britney Spears. On their debut as performers, they display an irresistible knack for hooky tracks rooted in the eclectic listening habits they developed while growing up in the multiracial Virginia Beach, Virginia, neighborhoods they still call home. Fusing album rock and rap more forcefully and convincingly than Kid Rock or Durst-style aggro bands (the latter of whom they seem to lampoon on "Rock Star"), N.E.R.D. whip up a creamy yet slammin' mix. Main men Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo coax apropos guest shots from Kelis (the get-your-freak-on "Truth or Dare," the sexiest thing here aside from the ménage-a-wow plea "Tape You") and a handful of up-and-coming members. The live instrumentation that replaces the machine-tooled tracks of an earlier import version of In Search Of retains the tunes' syncopation while rendering it palatable for less eclectic rock fans. While not a commercial blockbuster on the order of many of their clients' discs, this venture is nonetheless one of 2002's standout releases. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
If you've been alive in the last few years, you will have undoubtedly have heard of The Neptunes, the production duo formed of Pharrel Williams and Chad Hugo. The pair have produced for the likes of Jay-Z, Fabolous, Mystikal, Britney Spears and many, many others. However, if you're considering purchasing N*E*R*D's debut album - "In Search Of" - don't expect an album of what you usually hear from these guys. I found this quite an entertaining listen, mainly because the live instruments and crisp Neptunes beats do each song justice. It gives the beats an extra edge which give the album a different flavour to what I thought I'd get.
Another good point about this CD is it's not just straight rock as many have claimed; N*E*R*D offer a mix between rock, rap, country, funk and the blues, all with amazing listening ease. I've never been a major fan of what The Neptunes songwriting has been like - known for being sleazy - but I was pleasently surprised. The lyrics do have meaning and, at times, are quite thought provoking. Pharrel Williams singing is very strong and works well over the stunning beats.
The stand out songs are "Provider", "Run To The Sun", the funky "Things Are Getting Better", "Truth Or Dare", "Am I High", heck, every song on here is really tight. The reason I only gave this album 4 stars is because it takes a bit of peserverance. On the first couple of spins it's not much of an album, with only a couple of good cuts - those being the singles. My advice would be to get it, but keep it in the changer. Once you've caught the vibe of this CD and get into the groove, you're bound to like it.
This is a different Neptunes release to the style we're used to, but that's a good thing as it's well worth the money you spend on it. 4 stars.
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Say what you want about Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. They're so hot, they've been cookin' in the fireplace for three years straight. If you just calculate their earnings from producing for the rap-R & B-pop heavy hitters, they're comfortably loaded enough to quit writing songs for others and make their own music. Thankfully, we can still count on the Neptunes' producing credits all over the dance floor, but just as thankfully, we have In Search Of... on standby to be popped into the CD player just when you think you've had your fill of rhymes about being rich, getting laid, and drinking Cristal at the club or on the yacht (and you've already listened to Speakerboxxx so much you're starting to actually like the way you move).
First, the name. Don't be fooled-- these guys aren't real nerds. N.E.R.D. stands for NoOne Ever Really Dies. What's up with that? Do any music critics really have a theory based on N.E.R.D.'s lyrical content and its possibly theological implications of living forever? I'll leave this question open-ended.
Second, the modesty. No glitz, glamour, or pretension. The front cover features what looks like a regular guy, (the non-Neptune N.E.R.D., Shay), slightly open-mouthed, playing video games on his couch. He is a splitting image (if not for the melanin factor, they could be twins) of my ex-boyfriend lost in his own PlayStation fantasy wherein he really is a better skater than Tony Hawk. On the back cover, Pharrell is wearing an AC/DC t-shirt. I'm not saying that AC/DC is modest, just that his entire outfit probably cost 15 dollars. No Blingbling, SeanJohn or RocaWear in sight.
Third, the eclectic variety.
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Ever since I first played 'In Search Of...' by N.E.R.D. I have not been able to put it down. I'd heard of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo as The Neptunes, this super-team of producers that had turned into the Midas Kings of the music business in the past few years, but N.E.R.D. (No one Ever Really Dies) I only accidentally ran into, as I walked by a colleague's office and these sweet, funky waves of music would ooze out of there... I turned to ask, and there it was: 'In Search Of...' at its best.
The album takes the listener through a Neptunes-stamped blend of tracks, which accomplishes a perfect crossover of rap, R&B and rock, courtesy of the backing instrumentation provided by Spymob, which also happens to be arranged by the dynamic duo of music production. As you get to track #5 ("Truth Or Dare") you stay at a solid musical high point all through "Baby Doll", which consists of the best four tracks the album has to offer, in spite of how strong the rest of the music is.
Though, lyrically, they are not the best thing around, their musical Midas touch resides in their ability to blend musical styles in a seamless and contagious way that tears down cultural barriers and plays very well across most markets and preferences. I've been told their follow-up work to 'In Search Of...' didn't accomplish the same level of genius, but still I will give it a shot: I can't help it by now. ;)
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N.E.R.D. is the most original bands that are out right now. Hands down. Their sound is so creative it is impossible to think of any other band that sounds like them. This album came out overseas with computer production, and the American version is backed by SpyMob, StarTrak's house band. I do like some of the overseas versions better, but the American version has more of a rock sound. These guys are geniuses and they probably will not get credit until they are far gone out of the business. As far as the tracks go:
1. Lapdance - 5/5
2. Things Are Getting Better - 4/5
3. Brain - 4/5
4. Provider - 4/5
5. Truth or Dare - 5/5
6. Tape You - 3/5
7. Run to the Sun - 5/5
8. Babydoll - 5/5
9. Am I High - 4/5
10. Rock Star - 5/5
11. Bobby James - 5/5
12. Stay Together - 5/5
This album is a classic that will not be appriciated because many do not give something new a chance. And if something is different, no one likes it until everyone likes it. So go out there and get this album. Download this album. Do whatever you need to do to get this album!
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