Innocence & Instinct

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Release date
10 Feb 2009
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fight Inside 4:07 138,530
2 Death of Me 4:16 127,877
3 Mystery of You 3:46 73,151
4 Start Again 4:26 76,490
5 Never Be The Same 3:48 130,890
6 Confession (What's Inside My Head) 2:43 52,927
7 Shadows 3:19 67,798
8 Ordinary World 4:56 74,147
9 Forever 3:37 33,684
9 Out From Under 3:58 52,740
10 Take It All Away 5:38 52,276

About this album

Still riding the momentum of its huge-selling Grammy-nominated debut album End of Silence, Red returns with Innocence & Instinct, a provocative new album forged in a perfect storm of inspiration and catastrophe. From the literary spark of Dante’s Inferno to the bloody aftermath of a 75-mph highway crash, Red absorbed a flood of ideas and emotions that empowered the band to create next generation rock songs. Finding the sonic sweet spot where epic and primal converge, Innocence & Instinct features animated dynamics that super-charge its innocence vs. instinct theme.

“Innocence & Instinct is about the duality of man,” explains guitarist Jasen Rauch. “The album examines the fight between our childlike innocence and the instinctive side that makes us do things we shouldn’t.”
The group’s debut, which sold over a quarter-million copies and earned several awards and nominations, focused heavily on personal struggles. Bringing back Silence producer Rob Graves and mixer Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Depeche Mode), Innocence & Instinct goes a giant step further by tackling the fight itself. It’s about the dueling impulses that wage war within our souls.
In writing the album, Red found Inferno to be an illuminating guide. The literary classic, which starts with Dante and Virgil standing before the Gates of Hell, illustrated ways in which the band might tackle deep issues in a more poetic way. And if Dante enhanced the storytelling, a highway crash in late ’07 accelerated the band’s emotional core. As the tour van smashed into a guardrail and violently slid sideways across the highway, the band experienced new heights of horror that they channeled into Innocence & Instinct.

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  • Karaouq16

    so amazing

    3 May 9:19pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    @duper508 I know that feeling, I had to learn to forgive Yes for Tales From Topographic Oceans. Just give it time before deciding for sure.

    11 Feb 12:24am Reply
  • Lets-StartARiot

    Fantastic album

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MaryannVanDort

    fascinating album. one of the most impressive,complicated and filled album i ever heard

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • duper508

    considered buying this album until I heard the Ordinary World remake. I lost much artistic respect with that one...

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • borshon

    red forever

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • shakerman911

    Love. It.

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • xFortune

    I really want to see them one day. Maybe they would like to come to Rock am Ring :D But this year, my card is already here. .-. Don't know about next year x)

    21 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Stef_x

    This is just so good! I can't believe that at one point I used to dislike this CD because of its harder sound. <3

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • SlayerOfLight1

    I can't choose between this album and EoS!! I really can't. Awesome band

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • AzuraRS13

    Come to Portugal ;D

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • empty_boxes

    This album really kicks my a**. So cool! I love "Mystery of You" very much!!

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Disillusionaire

    I love the bonus songs Overtake you and Forever wish they would have stuck them on the album!

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • ApplesandDeath

    this album is quite amazing...

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • redflameent

    This CD gets contant rotation from me. Solid all the way through.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • InZa

    A dignified successor to End of Silence.

    20 Jul 2010 Reply
  • RoninYojimbo

    @jemoeder14 Really? I've seen them live twice now and both times they were amazing. I was actually expecting it to be meh, but was blown away. Both times at a bar in Sioux Falls, SD.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • KrisDashka

    они охуенны. по другому не скажешь.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jemoeder14

    I love this album, but I personally think dat Red is not very good at live performances....

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • Lineman95

    End of Silence is awesome. This is perfect.

    4 May 2010 Reply
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