Broken

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  • Songwriter/producer Novel, who helmed "Whatever It Takes" on Spirit, co-write this track together with Lewis and Bon Jovi/Kelly Clarkson producer John Shanks. Novel told Rap-Up.com about working with Lewis: "She knows exactly what she wants. She's very strong-headed, strong-minded, but the sweetest person. I never had somebody tell me no in the nicest way. When I write something and she may not feel it, she goes [in British accent], 'I don't think I'd actually say that.'"
    He added that the British songstress knows what she wants but keeps her cool. "She's very calm, collected, and has swagger in a very ladylike way," he said. "She's one of those people that's very particular with what she wants vocally. I don't care how many times she does a song, if she ain't feeling something, she's gonna go back and sing it again. She don't give a f--k. She'll call you right before the song's being mixed like, 'I think I want to sing it again.' And it'll be like, 'C'mon, you're killing me!'"
  • This tearjerker is one of nine tracks that Lewis co-wrote, and on most of them she is battling against adversity. The Daily Telegraph November 11, 2009 asked her where all the heartache comes from. She replied: "I'm a positive person, but I'm very, very sensitive. Maybe over-sensitive. I cry in movies, reading books, anything to do with death, just people going through traumatic experiences, anything to do with animals will set me off. There are certain songs I can't go near. I can't sing 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' I can't even hear it without wanting to bawl."

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