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Shannon (France) - 2003 Shannon

ARTIST: Shannon
ALBUM: Shannon
LABEL: Anvil Corp
SERIAL: 3087722
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Olivier Del Valle - vocals * Patrice Louis - guitars * Theirry Dagnicourt - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heartbreaker * 02 Love In Hollywood * 03 Billion Dollars Rain * 04 She's A Liar * 05 Young N Tough * 06 Wild Wild Wild * 07 Scared Of War * 08 Alone In The Dark * 09 Reach For The Sky * 10 Goin' Crazy * 11 Father * 12 Lovehunter * 13 One In A Million


I came across the French band Shannon via the AOR Heaven website, seeing it listed in their new release category. They peaked my interest, though I've found it very difficult to find any info about them. One thing that is not difficult is taking a big liking to Shannon's debut album. There is more than a smattering of high class Euro hard melodic rock with plenty of comparisons, such as China, Roko, Europe, Gotthard, 220 Volt and Pretty Maids. If you've been wondering if melodic rock in the new millennium can still capture the sound and energy of the past, then wonder no more!

The Songs
Shannon take control of the listener from the outset with the pure melodic rock of 'Heartbreaker'. The song has plenty of punchy keyboards, a huge chorus and melodic soloing. Another stellar track is the sublime 'She's A Liar'. A fantastic example of arena melodic rock. There's also a heavier side to Shannon. 'Scared Of War' has a Lion's Share inspired riff, while the speedy 'Reach For The Sky' reminds me of little known German band Ghandi. If you found China's first release a bit of a blast then 'One In A Million' is going to be right up your alley. Same can be said for 'Goin' Crazy' if you are a Terra Nova fan.

In Summary
In regards to the song-writing there is very little to fault, except for a few grammatical errors. Bringing the songs to life are the extremely capable Olivier Del Valle on vocals, outstanding guitarist Patrice Louis (does he actually know the 80's are over?) and keyboardist Thierry Dagnicourt. Shannon offer so much to the melodic rock fan that it is such a shame their exposure has been so limited. One of the few true melodic rock releases I can heartily endorse these days.

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