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This article is about the song "Unbroken". For the article about the album Unbroken, click here.
Unbroken is a song by American recording artist Demi Lovato and appears as the sixth track on her third album, Unbroken. Recorded at Dreamlab Studios in Los Angeles, California, it was written by Daniel James, Leah Haywood, and Lovato, while production was handled by Haywood and James under the production moniker Dreamlab. Musically, "Unbroken" demonstrates a change from Lovato's previous link recordings, opting for a more dance oriented style. It contains flourishes of electropop and influences of house and 1980s disco music. Lyrically, the song is a self-empowerment love song that sings about "being saved by love".

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who likened its musical structure to that of Britney Spears and Selena Gomez & the Scene. Due to strong digital download upon the album's release, "Unbroken" debuted and peaked at number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as number 60 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart.

Background

“Unbroken” was composed by Lovato, Daniel James, and Leah Haywood, with James and Haywood also contributing to the song’s production, under their production moniker Dreamlab. The song was recorded at Dreamlab Studios in Los Angeles, California. It was mixed by Serban Ghenea, with assistance from Phil Seaford, in Virginia Beach, Virginia at MixStar Studios. John Hanes was attributed with engineering the song. It was recorded and selected for inclusion in Lovato’s third studio album, Unbroken, which was released on September 20, 2011.

Composition

“Unbroken” is an uptempo dance song that runs through a “brittle” beat influenced by electro-industrial music. The composition of the song incorporates influences of disco music from the 1980s. Lovato vocals are accompanied with a synthesized echo in the song’s background. After the second chorus, the song features a breakdown influenced by dubstep. The beat structure has also been compared to Britney Spears’ 2011 single, “Hold It Against Me”. Mike Schiller of PopMatters noted that the song’s sonics were similar to that of Selena Gomez & the Scene’s 2011 single, “Love You Like a Love Song”. It combines heavy electronic beats with numerous synthesizer keyboard effects. Cristin Maher of PopCrush noted that the song “builds like a house song, climaxing in the chorus”. Lyrically, “Unbroken” is about letting go and not holding anything back when it comes to love. It was interpreted by Jocelyn Vena of MTV that the lyrics were written about “being saved by love.”

Critical reception

The song received generally positive reviews from music critics. Embrace You Magazine complimented it as “a vibrant club song that takes us out of the mellow love songs and onto the dance floor” while also commenting on the songs beat structure, “the beat is like ecstasy.” Jenny Chen of Neon Tommy commented that “Unbroken” is “possibly an interesting listen for fist-pumping fans à la Jersey Shore.” Chris Williams of Reuters commented that the song “brings the dance beat and throbbing electronics back, but it doesn't sacrifice the pleasing catch in Lovato's voice or her emotional openness in the process.” Megan Rozell of Blogcritics noted the song, along with “Hold Up”, as “a must listen because the two are more upbeat, offering listeners catchy lyrics and a faster rhythm to dance to.”

An author from Sputnikmusic noted the song, along with “Hold Up”, as “fun” and that they “give a new twist (a progress) to her signature pop roots, being a bit edgier.” The author also commented that the songs should be selected as singles. Jason Scott of seattlepi.com praised the song, calling it “a fist-pumping anthem” with heavy, meaningful lyrics. Cristin Maher of PopCrush noted that “the electronic elements seem forced and like a mishmosh of computer bleeps rather than an organized arrangement” and that Lovato’s vocals are not compatible with the songs structure. Shaun Kitchener of Trash Lounge noted that the song, along with “Hold Up”, is “too uptempo and high on production effects to be filed under ‘ballad’ but no less bursting with emotional resonance and world-class singing.” Jocelyn Vena of MTV praised the song as an “empowering disco song”.

Lyrics

Locked up tight
Like I would never feel again
Stuck in some kind of love prison
And threw away the key, oh, oh
 
Terrified until I stared into your eyes
Made me stop to realise
The possibilities
So, so
 
I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken
I’m gonna say it like it’s never been spoken
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, go, go, go
 
I’m gonna give it like it’s never been taken
I’m gonna fall like I don’t need saving
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, go, go
 
So played out
The same lies with a different face
But there’s something in the words you say
That makes you all feel so real
 
I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken
I’m gonna say it like it’s never been spoken
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, go, go, go
 
I’m gonna give it like it’s never been taken
I’m gonna fall like I don’t need saving
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, go, go
 
No need for me to run, run, run
You’re making me believe in everything
No need to go and hide, hide, hide
Gonna give you every little piece of me
 
I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken
I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken
 
I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been broken
I’m gonna say it like it’s never been spoken
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, I’m letting go, go
 
I’m gonna give it like it’s never been taken
I’m gonna fall like I don’t need saving
Tonight, tonight I’m letting go, go, go, go

Charts

Chart (2011)   Peak
position  
US Billboard Hot 100 98
US Digital Songs (Billboard) 60

Videos

Demi Lovato - Unbroken03:19

Demi Lovato - Unbroken

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