Even though this band, which sounds like a bunch of indie session players, is not the band that Farrar used on 1994's Trace, Farrar somehow survives. That's because his voice sounds as near-perfect as it ever has, allowing Trace's buoyancy to linger in the background. That record was and still is a milestone record, but here's the reality of the Son Volt phenomenon: Many hope that Farrar has another great one in him, and they keep hanging around to find out. But The Search isn't the one; it's just another well-produced, well-sung, but ultimately soulless Jay Farrar record.
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