Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shannon Noll - 'A Million Suns' Showcase

For a while there Shannon Noll was Australian Idol's biggest success. And based on sales - he probably still is. The 36-year-old's first three albums went nine times platinum between them and he had a run of ten straight top 10 hits (eleven if you include "Rise Up"). Unfortunately for Nollsie, his brand of perky pub-rock fell out of favour and he's been quiet for the past couple of years. But the rest seems to have done him good. "Switch Me On" (below) was a real return to form and the nicest man in the music business has plenty of other tricks up his King Gee sleeve if last night's album showcase is any indication.

Nollsie kicked off the acoustic set with the album's Benji Madden-penned lead single. I love "Switch Me On" and I love his pared-back live version even more. I don't think Shannon's ever sounded better. He followed that with "A Million Suns". The album's title track sounds like a real gem - as does his next single "My Place In The Line", which closed the showcase. After that, Universal played the album and liked what I heard. There are a lot of similarities to his first two offerings - that would be the influence of Bryon Jones - but the songs have a grittier feel this time around. Pay particular attention to the contributions from DNA and Adam Reily, which sound very promising. "A Million Suns" is released on October 14. Pre-order it now for the bargain price of $15!

3 comments:

Brett said...

Good to have shannon back. Hope the album does well for him.

Troothfairy said...

Sorry you are dead wrong about sales. Shannon has 17 platinum and two gold certifications in Australia and none anywhere else. A long way short of Guy Sebastian who has 26 platinum and two gold certifications in Australia and 4 platinum and 2 gold certifications in New Zealand. Shannon may have been in front up till 2007 but he hasn't really done much at all since then while Guy has added two more multi platinum #1 singles, a platinum #8 single, and three more top 10 albums, two which reached platinum and the other one double platinum. You are sooooo behind the times.

May I recommend the wiki page "List of Australian Idol contestant music releases". I would put the link up but links don't seem to work in your comment section. However it is very easy to search for it on wiki. That particular wiki page is dead accurate by the way and may help prevent you from making any more silly gaffs like you did in the second sentence of your post.

Scott said...

@Toothfairy Perhaps you could refer to the word "probably".