By Tim Gibbons Innocence & Instinct, the sophomore release from Nashville-based rock group RED, delivers powerful words backed with heavy, yet melodic riffs. The album has a familiar feel to RED’s first albumBreak the Silence yet still maintains a distinctive seperation. Innocence & Instinct has been accepted well with both fans and critics, selling over 40,000 copies its first week of release and hitting the tops of charts across the board.
The tracks on Innocence & Instinct are thematically united, with the band having drawn inspiration from Danté’s Divine Comedy and Romans 7: 17-18, both of which illustrate man’s struggle within himself to do good or evil. This is extremely apparent on several of the tracks, including the single “Death of Me” (You tear me down and you pick me up. You take it all until its not enough. You try to tell me you can heal me but I’m still bleeding and you’ll be the death of me). Many of the tracks also cry out to God for guidance and strength while dealing with these struggles (Shadows: Theres a hate inside of me like some kind of monster. I try to save you but I can’t find the answer. I’m holding onto you. I’ll never let go. I need you with me as I enter the shadows)
Innocence & Instinct continues to build off the success of RED’s first album and further develops the unique ambient-hardrock sound that is RED's hallmark. The album’s lyricism and depth combined with moving guitar riffs and string quartets never seem to get old, even after multiple listens. Innocence & Instinct will have you coming back for more, again and again.