Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The Instinct is a showcase for an amazing voice and a band that knows how to build around it.... One of the best albums of 2003.
  2. The Instinct is both adventurous and accomplished and ambitious enough to suggest that this band is going to continue to push the limits one album after another.
  3. Alternative Press
    Denali sound more comfortable in their skin. [Dec 2003, p.140]
  4. Outburn
    Lyrically and melodically, Denali has grown by leaps and bounds. [#23, p.87]
  5. Urb
    An impressive album that points to a most promising future. [May 2004, p.84]
  6. Despite the production and sonic sweep, this is a standard rock band working within an oft-stated, faux-experimental dream-pop realm.
  7. The Instinct isn't a bad record, especially if you like your music a tad frost-bitten; it's just boring.

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