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Broken (Seether song)

"Broken"
Seether broken.png
Single by Seether featuring Amy Lee
from the album The Punisher: The Album and Disclaimer II
Released13 April 2004
FormatCD
Genre
Length4:21
LabelWind-up
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bob Marlette
Seether singles chronology
"Gasoline"
(2003)
"Broken"
(2004)
"Remedy"
(2005)
Amy Lee singles chronology
"Broken"
(2004)
"Freak on a Leash"
(2007)
Music video
"Broken" on YouTube

"Broken" is a song by South African post-grunge and alternative metal band Seether, featuring American singer Amy Lee, the lead singer of Evanescence and then-girlfriend of Seether vocalist Shaun Morgan. It was recorded in 2004 and was later included on Seether's album Disclaimer II in June of that year. This version includes electric guitar and violins.

Released in April 2004, "Broken" peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number three in Australia, and number two in New Zealand. It was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It is the band's biggest pop hit and is often considered Seether's most popular track, as well as their only song to enter and crossover to the US pop and adult contemporary charts, but it is not their highest-charting single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and Modern Rock Tracks chart. Despite this, it was the most played song on most rock radio formats due to the pop success of the song. In addition, it still charted highly, peaking at number nine on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number four on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Critical reception

While reviewing Disclaimer, Jason D. Taylor of the website AllMusic noted, "The album closes with the one successful laid-back song: 'Broken' is mellow yet confident, as vocalist Shaun Morgan finds the courage to open himself up without releasing a scream every few seconds."[1]

The song earned Seether a Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award in 2004, when it was voted "Best Song from a Movie Soundtrack".[2]

Music video

The Nigel Dick-directed music video features Morgan sitting in an abandoned car playing an acoustic guitar while Lee appears behind him as her vocals fade in. For the remainder of the video, Lee and Morgan wander through a dilapidated landscape that was revealed on the Disclaimer II DVD to be a real-life trailer park that was burned to ashes by a crystal meth lab explosion. Although there are shots of the band and Lee performing together in a clearing, the underlying theme of the video is that Lee and Morgan are looking for but will never find each other. Lee knows that Morgan is there and where he is at through the video but Morgan is unaware of her presence around him, which is the meaning of the lyrics "you've gone away... you don't feel me here anymore".

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Platinum 70,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Taylor, Jason D. "allmusic ((( Disclaimer > Overview )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  2. ^ Metal Edge, June 2005
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Seether – Broken". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Seether – Broken" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Seether – Broken" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Seether – Broken". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Seether – Broken". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Seether Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Seether - Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Seether Album & Song Chart History". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 for Seether. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Broken - Amy Lee". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2004". ARIA. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  14. ^ "End of Year 2004". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Seether feat. Amy Lee – Broken". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 September 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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