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
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.