Unbroken (Shannon Noll album)

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Unbroken
Unbroken by Shannon Noll.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 February 2018
Recordedeargasm studios
GenrePop rock
LabelWarner Music Australia
ProducerCraig Porteils
Shannon Noll chronology
A Million Suns
(2011)
Unbroken
(2018)
Singles from Unbroken
  1. "Who I Am"
    Released: 30 September 2016
  2. "Southern Sky"
    Released: 5 May 2017[1]
  3. "Land of Mine"
    Released: 19 January 2018

Unbroken is the fifth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Shannon Noll. The album is his first with Warner Music Australia. The album was announced in December 2017 with Noll saying, "It's been a good while since I've released an album even though I've been writing the whole time and I'm so proud to say that these songs are the best of all the songs I have written. I've had more input than ever, so this album is more personal to me than any other before it. I can't wait to see what my fans think of it, because I couldn't be happier."[2]

Noll told news.com.au, "I grew up listening to "Great Southern Land" and "Sounds of Then (This Is Australia)" and they hold a really special place in my heart because they celebrate who we are and our love of Australia." He added, "I wouldn't change a thing about who I am ... you know I have never been the cool guy and I think it's time for people to appreciate how lucky we are in this country."[3]

The album was released on 2 February 2018, with a national tour to follow in May 2018.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Renowned for Sound3/5 stars[5]
auspOp3/5 stars[6]

Haydon Benfield from Renowned for Sound said "By and large, Unbroken is an unexceptional album that fails to truly distinguish itself from any other album that seeks to blend country, rock, and pop ." David from auspOp said "Overall this album is really enjoyable and it's great to see what Shannon calls some of his most personal tracks yet come to life. It's not a perfect album, but it feels as though that's what a Shannon Noll album should be like." Jeff Jenkins from Stack likened Noll to Bryan Adams by "delivering uncomplicated anthems" saying "He’s political in his own way. “It’s time to take a stand,” he declares in "No B&S", a rallying cry to return to simpler, less politically correct times. “A good time’s not what it used to be – got noise restrictions and fun police.” Jingoistic, sure, but Noll knows how to write a nifty tune." [7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Southern Sky" (Shannon Noll, Michael Tan, Brett Creswell) – 4:06
  2. "Who I Am" (Noll, Tan, Creswell) – 3:36 (Living in the City mix)
  3. "No B&S" (Noll, Tan, Creswell) – 4:31
  4. "Land of Mine" (Noll, Tan, Creswell) – 4:13
  5. "Invincible" (Noll, Jon Hume) – 3:32
  6. "Take It Back" (Noll, Lindsay Rimes, Mark McEntee) – 3:28
  7. "You're All That I Need" (Noll, Tom Busby, Ron Conley) – 3:23
  8. "Breath of Life" (Noll, Rimes, Creswell) – 3:35
  9. "Cross a Bridge" (Noll, Busby, Conley)– 3:24
  10. "Fortunate Son" (John Fogerty) – 3:10
  11. "Never Too Late" (Noll, Rimes, Creswell) – 3:40
  12. "My Body Loves to Party" (Noll, Busby, Conley)– 2:44
  13. "Mountains to Climb" (Noll, Ash Maklad, Johanna Elms) – 3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Catalog Ref.
Australia 2 February 2018 Warner Music Australia 5419786722 [9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southern Sky (single)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Shannon Noll Is Unbroken". auspOp. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Shannon Noll set to release first album in seven years after battling chronic back injury". news.com.au. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Shannon Noll Announces 2018 National Tour For New Album 'Unbroken'". Music Feeds. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  5. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: SHANNON NOLL – UNBROKEN". Renowned for Sound. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "DAVID GIVES HIS THOUGHTS ON SHANNON NOLL'S 'UNBROKEN'". auspOp. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Shannon Noll, 'Unbroken' review". Stack. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Unbroken (DD) by Shannon Noll". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Unbroken (CD)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 6 December 2017.