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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Album Review:Innocence & Instinct

Image credit:Official site

Songwriters:Bernie Herms, Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch, Anthony Armstrong, Todd Nielsen, Mike Seminari, Ben Bumley, Nick Rhodes, Warren Cuccurullo, John Taylor, Simon Lebon

Genres:Rock, metal

General thoughts:After a good-but-not-great beginning, RED brings a little more to the table. What have we here? More angst (both general and self-loathing) that tends to be encompassed in hard rock, more relationships (the great and the unhealthy) which are both the rock-y and the more mellow, a little screaming here and there (some good, other bits not that much), plus some vague references to God.

Whether you decide to get the deluxe version or not, I would still say it's a good album.

Track Listing

1. Fight Inside
Thoughts:This is about internal conflict hurting you. It's pretty good.
2. Death Of Me
Thoughts:This is about a toxic relationship that threatens to end you. Also pretty good.
3. Mystery Of You
Thoughts:This seems to be about trying to get back together with someone that left you and trying to solve the mystery of their character. Still going strong.
4. Start Again
Thoughts:This is about restarting a relationship that ended badly. Not too bad.
5. Never Be The Same
Thoughts:This continues the theme of the last two songs. Still, it's fairly good.
6. Confession (What's Inside My Head)
Thoughts:This is about being ashamed and scared of your own thoughts. I'm liking it. And is he yelling "in a sense" or "innocence" at the end?
7. Shadows
Thoughts:This is about having darkness inside and wanting someone particular to help you through it. It's okay.
8. Ordinary World
Thoughts:This is a cover of a Duran Duran song. I haven't heard the original, so I won't compare the two. But RED does successfully make it theirs.
9. Out From Under
Thoughts:This is about being in pain and then facing abandonment by the same person for whom you went through all that misery. Bad in places, but not too bad.
10. Take It All Away
Thoughts:This I'm told is a late night prayer of desperation. It has a haunting quality to it, and while it gets repetitive, it's still a good song.

Deluxe edition tracks

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Intro (Canto III)
Thoughts:This is placed at the beginning of the album. One of the better bonus songs.
Overtake You
Thoughts:This is about fighting back against an enemy. Meh.
Thoughts:If you bought the anthology Who We Are or got the album on Google Play, this replaces "Out From Under". It's about being brought back from a bad place by someone else (possibly God). Pretty good.
Nothing And Everything
Thoughts:This is an acoustic version of "Fight Inside". It has an even more pleading tone than the original. It's okay, but I definitely prefer the first version.

DVD Features
Making Of Documentary
"Death Of Me" Music Video
Behind The Scenes of "Death Of Me" video
"Photo Gallery"

So what was your opinion?

 © 2014 by M.R.R.

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