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Innocence & Instinct (CD/DVD)

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Limited Deluxe two disc (CD/DVD) edition includes four bonus tracks, music video, making of video documentary, exclusive photo gallery and a 12-page expanded booklet. 2009 release. Grammy-nominated Rock band Red’s second album, Innocence & Instinct, is a primal and provocative look into the dark and sometimes seemingly hopeless fight inside each one of us, told through the powerful sphere of the band’s hard-hitting, intense music. Innocence is where we all begin. Instinct can quickly take over. A lifetime is spent in this internal tug of war between who we really are and who we hope to be. Produced by the award-winning Rob Graves, mixed by Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Depeche Mode) and including a song co-written by Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, Innocence & Instinct is thoughtful and powerful rock music, with a challenging look at the personal struggle inside each of us.

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  • With RED’s 2006 debut album, “End of Silence,” generating buzz on modern rock radio and landing the band spots on high profile tours, it seems only natural that their follow-up would be met with heavy fanfare and charting success. “Innocence & Instinct” managed to do what few hard rock bands can do in it’s first week out: break the top 20 of the Billboard chart. So how does the sophmore effort for the up-and-coming, soon-to-be-everywhere band hold up?

    Well, to be honest, it’s more or less the same as “The End Of Silence.” Sonically, at least, it’s a continuation of that sound, with slighlty improved songwriting. The same dramatic tone that ruled the first album is also in full effect here, strings and all. The first singles “Fight Inside,” and “Never Be The Same” unfortunately don’t have the instant appeal that “Breathe Into Me” had, coming across almost like a male-fronted Evanescence, but are rewarded by repeat listenings. “Confession (What’s Inside My Head)” and “Shadows,” on the other hand, deliver the modern-rock goods, and will no doubt please fans of the band’s catchier material. It’s worth noting that “Shadows” was co-written by Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burley, and it stands out as not only the heaviest track of the album, but also a fine change of pace for an album that more or less stays on a linear path. The final track, “Out From Under” as well as the latest single, “Death Of Me,” are the prime cuts here, the perfect happy medium that can be found in RED’s often over-complicated sound.

    As far as second albums go, this one is a solid entry in RED’s career. It will no doubt have it’s day in the sun as far as radio success goes, and fans of the first will no doubt dig it. Surely, their sound could use a little more variety and they would do well to expand on the things they are good at (catchy hard-rock) and ditch that which they are lagging in (over-dramatic sap) but “Innocence & Instinct” is an otherwise fine album, primed for success and listenable to anyone who loves a good rock band. The Deluxe Edition features four bonus songs that help pad out the album, as well as a DVD, featuring a music video and behind the scene footage.

    Posted on December 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Red’s new album Innocence and Instinct is my most favorite recording of all time. The passion in their voices, the strings and piano, the rocking guitar and best of all–the intense screams–are just incredible. The leader singer has really stepped up his game and polished his voice. While End of Silence was full of emotion, at times, the band tended to sound whiny. This CD is not whiny in the least–rest assured. If you don’t like bands full of intensity and singing about the struggles of daily life, then pass this one on. The issues are real, as is fervor. There is much more substance behind this, their second album. Spring for the Deluxe version–it is so worth it. On a side note, seeing the band live is phenomenal. They put on a great show!

    Posted on December 23, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • WOW, is all I have to say. I have been waiting for this album since it was announced, and I had the same or greater expectations as I experienced with End of Silence because this is such a great band. Right when they released the singles “Fight Inside”, and “Never Be The Same”, I knew automatically that it was going to be a great album, but I’m amazed at how they kept the same style of music they had before, but tweaked it a little. This album is just as addicting as the other, and I am very happy with my purchase and will be listening to these songs constantly until the release of their next album :) . Definitely get the deluxe edition cd, as it’s well worth the extra bucks. You won’t be dissapointed if you were a Red fan before, and definitely not if you just discovered this band!

    Posted on December 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First of all, I’m reviewing the extras that come with the deluxe edition moreso than the music, because I’m assuming people want to know exactly what they’re getting by paying the extra money.

    I picked up this cd shortly after it came out and sprung for the deluxe edition because I was interested in seeing the “making of” documentary. The packaging was a little misleading in the sense that I felt I was getting a lot more than actually exists on the DVD. What exactly does the deluxe edition include?

    -Innocence and Instinct album
    -3 bonus tracks at the end of the album (the last of which is an alternate version of “Fight Inside”)
    -Bonus intro track

    -”Making of” documentary
    -Music video for the single “Death of Me”
    -”Making of Death of Me” video
    -Photo Gallery

    While it all sounds great, there really isn’t a whole lot there. The documentary barely scratches the surface of the writing and recording process and runs under 10 minutes. Death of Me’s “making of” is also short, but it does its job and didn’t leave anything out as far as I could tell. Also, the photo gallery clocked in at just under a minute, so don’t get too excited about that. I was able to watch everything included on the DVD in about 20 minutes.

    Innocence and Instinct is another solid album from Red, but as I stated before, I’m not going to go into much detail about the music since it’s been covered pretty well by other reviewers already. What I will say is that this is definitely a more mature and refined effort than Red’s debut album, but it too has its bleak spots where nothing too exciting seems to be going on. Highlights for me include Fight Inside, Death of Me, Shadows, and Take it All Away.

    Posted on December 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • End of Silence received a lot of attenntion because it was a decent album. Innocence and Instinct should receive even more; this album shows a great deal of maturity in Red’s music. The strings that are utilized throughout the entire album don’t merely feel like they were placed over the music, (like it did in EOS) but it feels like it was integrated with the rest of the music, often matching the intensity of the emotionally packed vocals. When listening to the album you instantly know when a song changes because each song has it’s own sound, but at the same time the entire album has a certain flow to it. Highly reccomended.

    Posted on December 22, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now