If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, the old saying goes, and as we all know there’s nothing about Shannon Noll’s gutsy voice that warrants first aid. Just give him a song to sing and he will take it to where only he can. We’ve heard it ring out from the top of the charts so many times over the past 15 years and now we’re about to hear him in the finest voice of his career on his new album, Unbroken.
Seven years since the release of his previous album A Million Sons, Unbroken, his Warner Music debut, is Nollsie declaring he’s still got the passion, the dedication and the voice that has made him one of the most successful male performers in Australian music history.
“It’s been a testing time for me in the past few years, just trying to adapt and survive,” he says, “so it’s just to say I’m still going and that it would take more than that to stop me.”
“If there’s a thread through my songs, it’s my positive spin on life. It’s a wonderful experience and you need to have fun even when you’re facing up to its challenges.”
This Welcome Diversion is packed with guitar-driven songs, at once both sharp and worn a little around the edges. The album was recorded with U.S. producer Matt Wallace (Faith No More Maroon 5, Bic Runga) at Sound City Studios where Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, and Tom Petty cut their classic records.