Innocence & Instinct

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Innocence & Instinct
Studio album by Red
Released February 10, 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative metal, Christian rock, post-grunge
Length 41:09
Label Sony Music, Essential
Producer Rob Graves
Jason McArthur (executive)
Red chronology
End of Silence
Innocence & Instinct
Until We Have Faces
Singles from Innocence & Instinct
  1. "Fight Inside"
    Released: October 26, 2008
  2. "Never Be the Same"
    Released: December 12, 2008
  3. "Death of Me"
    Released: December 18, 2008
  4. "Forever"
    Released: July 4, 2009
  5. "Mystery of You"
    Released: September 15, 2009
  6. "Start Again"
    Released: November 9, 2009
  7. "Ordinary World"
    Released: February 1, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1] 3.5/5 stars[2]
Christian Music Today 3.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[4] 3/5 stars[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[6]
JustPressPlay 7/10 stars[7]
Rawkfist Music 9.5/10 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[9]
TuneLab Music 9.5/10 stars[10]

Innocence & Instinct is the second full-length concept album from American Christian metal band Red. The album was released on February 10, 2009 through Essential Records.[11]

The standard edition of the album contains 10 tracks. The first single "Fight Inside" was released on October 26, 2008. The single debuted at No. 1 on the R&R Christian Rock chart. The album's second single, "Never Be the Same", was released to Christian CHR soon thereafter. On December 12, the third single from the album, "Death of Me", was released to Active, Mainstream, and Alternative Rock stations. The album was produced by Rob Graves. The band also released a deluxe edition which features four bonus tracks and a DVD. Some copies of the album contain the song "Forever" as track nine instead of "Out From Under".[12] The track "Shadows" was co-written by Breaking Benjamin guitarist/vocalist Ben Burnley.[13] The album debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, selling 39,000 copies in its first week.[14]

The Deluxe Edition of Innocence & Instinct went as high as No. 2 on iTunes Top Selling Rock Albums Chart and No. 5 on Top-Selling Albums overall, gaining a cumulative five-star review from listeners.[citation needed]

For the album, an alternate reality game was orchestrated by the band members. Red fans went through hidden web pages and passwords until around the time the album itself was released, when the final page was revealed, which contained a video message from the band itself, nine "treasures" (including posters, videos, and an unreleased track), and a message telling the puzzle participants not to post the contents on the internet or share them.[citation needed]

Drums on the album were played by Joe Rickard, the band's touring drummer. Rickard was not an official member of Red when the album was released, but has since been added as a permanent member.

In an interview on The Daily Rock, Jasen Rauch talks about the band not wanting "Ordinary World" added to the album. He states that Red originally arranged it just for something to do live. He goes on to say that the label pushed for it to be added to the album.[15]

The album was nominated for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album in the 2010 Grammy Awards. It won for Best Rock Album at the 41st GMA Dove Awards in 2010.[16]

As of 2011, the album has sold over 260,000 copies.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fight Inside"   Rob Graves, Bernie Herms, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch 4:08
2. "Death of Me"   Rob Graves, Jasen Rauch 4:17
3. "Mystery of You"   Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Anthony Armstrong, Jasen Rauch 3:47
4. "Start Again"   Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch 4:27
5. "Never Be the Same"   Rob Graves, C. Todd Nielson, Mike Seminari, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch 3:49
6. "Confession (What’s Inside My Head)"   Rob Graves, Jason McArthur, Jasen Rauch 2:44
7. "Shadows"   Benjamin Burnley, Rob Graves, Jasen Rauch 3:20
8. "Ordinary World" (Duran Duran cover) Warren Cuccurullo, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor 4:58
9. "Out From Under"   Rob Graves, Richard Marx, Jasen Rauch 3:59
10. "Take It All Away"   Rob Graves, Jasen Rauch 5:42
Total length:

Deluxe Edition DVD[edit]

  1. "Making of Documentary"
  2. "Death of Me" (Music video)
  3. "Behind the Scenes of Death of Me video"
  4. "Photo Gallery"

Japan Special Edition Bonus Videos[edit]

  1. "Death of Me (Video)"
  2. "Breathe Into Me (Video)"
  3. "Already Over (Video)"


  • Michael Barnes - vocals
  • Anthony Armstrong - lead guitar, vocals
  • Jasen Rauch - rhythm guitar
  • Randy Armstrong - bass guitar, piano, vocals
  • Joe Rickard - drums, percussion
Additional musicians

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Artwork and design
  • Stephanie McBrayer - Art Direction, stylist
  • Tim Parker - Art direction, design
  • Megan Thompson - Hair stylist, make-up
  • Caleb Kuhl - Photography
Production and recording



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  2. ^ Grierson, Tim. "Red - 'Innocence & Instinct' Review". Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Farias, Andree. "Innocence & Instinct, Christian Music Reviews". Christian Music Today. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Crawford, Graeme (March 1, 2009). "Red - Innocence & Instinct Review". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gebhardt, Rick (January 29, 2009). "Red - Innocence & Instinct Review". Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Myatt, Wayne (February 7, 2009). "Innocence & Instinct Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Barlass, Tyler (February 3, 2009). "Red - Innocence & Instinct Review". Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Hart, Andrew (January 28, 2009). "Red "Innocence and Instinct" (2009)". Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Spencer, Trey (February 5, 2009). "Red Innocence and Instinct Review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Review: Red – ‘Innocence and Instinct’". TuneLab Music. February 10, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Red - Innocence & Instinct". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-14. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Red - Innocence & Instinct (Deluxe)". Bilboard. Retrieved 2009-02-16. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Ben's Recent Collaborations". Breaking Benjamin's Official Website. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  14. ^ Katie Hasty (2009-02-18). "Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  15. ^ "Interview With Jasen Rauch Of Red". 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  16. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)
  17. ^ "News". Your Music Zone. 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  18. ^ "Red – Condor - The Unfinished Song – Video, listening & stats at". 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 

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