Posted February 24, 2009
Innocence & Instinct picks up where End of Silence left off. It is an amazing rock album that doesn't fit into the typical "sophomore slump" that many bands face.
What makes Red unique is their instrumental didlys weaved inbetween songs. Add some profound lyrics, killer guitar riffs, sweet beats, cool strings, and outstanding vocals, and it is hard to go wrong with.
Shadows, Forever, and Death of Me are my top 3 songs on the album. Death of Me is by far the bands heaviest track. It starts off with a sweet intro then dives full throtle into the the song. By the end of it I can't help but hit the repeat button. My complaint is that christian radio stations do not play this song (if so i have yet to hear it)Probably to heavy for the christian market. It is kind of sad when a non christian rock station plays more of their music then the christian market.
The album does have slower songs that are more freindly to the christian radio market. Example Never Be the Same. It is a great song, but i'm not use to this side of Red. However, I do beleive it makes the band more rounded when they can do songs like these.
Ordinary World is the only song i'm not a hundrent percent on. It is a great song and it has more edge then the original, but i feel that red doesn't need to do remakes and should continue working on original music.
The band also has plenty of slower songs on the album more freindly to the christian radio market.
The deluxe edition is worth the extra 4 or 5 bucks for all the bonus features. Most deluxe editions I find blah and the "bonus" songs seem to lacking compared to the rest of the album. Red once again surprises me by delivering 3 amazing songs, music video, and behind the scenes footage. Overtake you is a fast upbeat song with some great guitar riffs. Followed by, perhaps one of my favorite songs on the album, Forever. Nothing and Everything is toned down song of the Fight Inside, and features a great piano medley. The Intro to the album isn't anything outstanding, but fits into Red's instramental didlys.
For all the reasons listed makes Innocence and Instinct my favorite album of 2009. Based on the current release dates I have no doubt it will be so well into the summer.
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