Son Volt :: Returns with The Search


Beginning his new album with a song that sounds like a coda, Jay Farrar’s re-tooled Son Volt returns to retail shelves today via The Search. Following up 2005’s Guthrie inspired Okemah and the Melody of Riot, The Search feels like a natural progression with it’s extended (electric) instrumentation, socio-political lyrics, and Farrar’s trademark rough-hewn drawl.

The album, as a whole, excels in it’s simplicity; i.e., do not expect a reinvention of the wheel. If you’re an existing Farrar/Son Volt fan, count on the same comfortable terrain mapped out on previous Farrar incarnations stretching back to the Uncle Tupelo days. Farrar tends to have two creative sides he likes to mine; much like Neil Young, he opts for a) quiet, pensive, acoustic based songcraft, or b) all out classic rock guitar attacks. Before the release of the Okemah album, many fans (myself included) were beginning to wonder if Jay still owned an electric guitar, let alone played one, so, in that regard, these “electrified” LPs are a welcome return to form.

Son Volt is hitting the road with the Magnolia Electric Co. late March with an L.A. date at the El Rey April 3rd. See ya there.

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MP3: Son Volt :: Slow Hearse
MP3: Son Volt :: Methamphetamine
Amazon: Son Volt – The Search ++

+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Son Volt MP3s

+ eMusic has Jay Farrar’s catalog available for free download

3 thoughts on “Son Volt :: Returns with The Search

  1. Son Volt was my chosen entry into ‘country’ music in general (not counting the countless stuff I heard growing up). I, for one, really liked both of Farrar’s solo albums, especially Terroir Blues, but thought Okemah.. was flat, repetitive and boring on the whole. I went out and bought The Search today with a good bit of trepidation, but I actually like it quite a bit. I already think it’s way better than Okemah.. and will have to give it some time, but think it makes a nice addition to his catalogue.

    Maybe you and I don’t agree on this (or maybe we do and I’m just interpreting your post incorrectly), but I think Son Volt vers. 1 and 2 are worlds apart in sound. Nothing this new outfit has done sounds like anything previous, even the ‘rockier’ sound of Wide Swing Tremolo. Of course, I’ve been out of step with conventional wisdom about Son Volt for awhile – I loved Straightaways and it always gets the shaft in reviews.

  2. j. neas – agreed, vers. 1 and 2 are worlds apart in sound.

    “the search” is getting better with every listen too. i liked “okemah” alright, but at the same time, I cant say I have played it since 2005, so that is saying something in itself I suppose.

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