Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shannon Shining Shannon Shining like a Million Suns; Knockabout Noll Teams with A-List Songwriters for A Million Suns

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shannon Shining Shannon Shining like a Million Suns; Knockabout Noll Teams with A-List Songwriters for A Million Suns

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SHANNON Noll has teamed with Grafton's Brooke McClymont, among other artists, to write his latest album, A Million Suns.

Three years since Shannon hit No 3 in the ARIA album chart with Turn It Up, and despite having clocked up 10 consecutive top-10 ARIA chart singles, the country boy from Condobolin remains unaffected by success and committed to his hard-working rock ethic.

aI'm a knockabout bloke, not so different to most people,a he points out.

aIt shows that the average bloke can achieve his dreams if he tries.a

Partnering with songwriters Brooke McClymont, Adam Reily and Josh Bitmead, with producers Lindsay Rimes and Bryon Jones, he's penned an album stacked full of solid rock songs, deliberately geared towards a storming live show.

First single Switch Me On sees Shannon hooking up with Good Charlotte's Benji Madden to write a driving missive of redemption through love. In a fortuitous example of life coming full circle, Shannon used to play Good Charlotte songs when earning his stripes in a cover band many moons ago.

He again drew on his dive-bar band days for Til We Say So, a track that's pumped with fighting talk. aI'm a massive Living End fan and we used to close our set with Prisoner of Society,a he recalls. aThis has a similar message: a[approximately]It aint over 'til we say so'. The bouncers would say, a[approximately]Thanks a lot, mate, now you've fired them all up just as we've got to kick them out'.a

The anthemic ethos continues with title track Million Suns a a homage to the Aussie summer and the nostalgia packaged in with it a a dramatic track that really brings Shannon's voice to the fore.

Life In Stereo is an unapologetic party number, one to put on when getting ready to go out, and then crank up when you get there. It makes cheeky references to previous Noll hits a you could never accuse Shannon of taking himself too seriously. …

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