Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)

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"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)"
Single by Lindsay Lohan
from the album A Little More Personal (Raw)
B-side "My Innocence"
Released October 18, 2005
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2005; Lohan's trailer at Herbie: Fully Loaded locations.
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:41
Label Casablanca
Writer(s) Lindsay Lohan, Kara DioGuardi, Greg Wells
Producer(s) Greg Wells, Kara DioGuardi
Lindsay Lohan singles chronology
"First"
(2005)
"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)"
(2005)
"Bossy"
(2008)

"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" is a song by American recording artist Lindsay Lohan, taken from her second studio album, A Little More Personal (Raw) (2005). The pop rock and teen pop song was written by Lohan as a letter to her father, Michael Lohan, who survived a car crash for which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional writing and production was done by Kara DioGuardi and Greg Wells, while Lohan recorded the song on her trailer during the shoot of Herbie: Fully Loaded. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was first previewed at AOL Music's First Listen on September 30, 2005 and was sent to radio in the United States on October 18, 2005 by Casablanca Records as the first single from the album.

"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" received mixed reviews from music critics, who praised Lohan's conviction on the song, but considering it a cliché "I-hate-you-Daddy" lament. Despite reaching number seven in Australia, the song didn't achieve commercial success, peaking at number 74 in Austria, number 14 on the United States Hot Digital Songs, and at number 57 on Billboard Hot 100. An accompanying music video, directed by Lohan herself, portrays the singer and her actual sister, Ali, listening to her parents arguing and fighting in the living room of their home. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was only performed by Lohan at the American Music Awards of 2005.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

A 22 second sample of the song's chorus, which features Lohan singing over a pop rock background, while asking if her father ever loved her.

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"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was written by Lohan as a letter to her father, Michael Lohan, who was incarcerated in June 2005 after surviving a car crash for which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.[2] Additional writing and song production was done by Greg Wells and Kara DioGuardi,[3] who revealed, "If you solo the vocals you'll hear race cars, because we brought the studio to [Lindsay's] trailer on Herbie: Fully Loaded. I'm not kidding! She had no time to do the record, so she would be on her lunch break, and I'd be like, 'Throw that thing down your throat and get over here, 'cause we got to finish these vocals!' So I sat for 14 hours on the set and would grab her for, like, 10 minutes at a time. The poor girl. That's the reality of young Hollywood. When they're hot, they're worked to death. It was 18/20-hour days. ... And I swear: 'Vroom! Vroom!' You can hear it in the back."[4] "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was first previewed at AOL Music's First Listen on September 30, 2005,[5] and was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on October 18, 2005, as the lead single from A Little More Personal (Raw).[6] The song was released digitally in the United States on November 8, 2005, while being released internationally on January 15, 2006 by Casablanca Records.[7]

"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" is a pop rock song that lasts for three minutes and 41 seconds.[8] According to the digital music sheet published at Musicnotes.com, the song is composed in the key of G major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 126 beats per minute, while Lohan's vocal range spans from F3 to D5.[8] When asked about the lyrical content of the song, Lohan revealed, "A lot of people go through family issues, abuse and that kind of thing. I think it's important to show that other people go through it. [...] I hope [my father] see what I say in the song is, 'I love you,' so many times, that I need him and the crazy things in my life. I hope he sees the positive side of the video rather than the negative. The video is kind of offensive, but it is very raw. He's my father. I need someone to walk me down the aisle when I get married."[5] The single's b-side, "My Innocence", features a similar message to Lohan's father.[9]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

"Lindsay Lohan clearly spells out her ambition in the title to her second album, A Little More Personal (Raw) -- she's going to shed the glitzy trappings of her debut, Speak, and dig down deep in her heart, letting feelings flood onto the page. And, for better and worse, that's exactly what she does, nowhere more explicitly than the opening track (and lead single), "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)," where she rails against her absentee father, whose transgressions and addictions have been gleefully chronicled by tabloids. It's a bracing minor-key assault that's honest to a fault, particularly since it's not especially artful, yet it sets the tone for the rest of the album with its somber, self-conscious confession".

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commenting about the album and song in question.[10]

"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" received mixed reviews from music critics. Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone noted "the album de-emphasizes the (very) guilty pop pleasures of her 2004 debut in favor of leaden I-hate-you-Daddy laments such as "Confessions of a Broken Heart" and "My Innocence".[9] Entertainment Weekly writer Leah Greenblatt commented that "it's hard to imagine a more explicit snapshot of the highly publicized family problems that have plagued the star than "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)"".[11] PopMatters's Whitney Strub said "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" "immediately commences with a line about 'wait[ing] for the postman to bring me a letter', which suggests songwriters dipping into the well of cliché without worrying about freshness," while commenting that "the world might not need another version of Britney Spears' 'E-Mail My Heart', but good lord, that song came out in 1999. Perhaps a text-message might arrive faster than snail-mail in late 2005, should Lohan's song-persona deign to enter the 21st century".[12]

Chart performance[edit]

"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" did not achieve commercial success around the world, despite reaching number seven in Australia on the week of its debut on chart. The song spent 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 45 on the last.[13] In Austria, the song reached number 74 on the week of March 24, 2006.[13] In the United States, the song peaked at number 14 on Hot Digital Songs on the week of December 3, 2005, while reaching number 57 on Billboard Hot 100 on the week of December 24, 2005, becoming her only single to ever charted in the US.[14]

Music video[edit]

Two screenshots of the music video, in which we see Lohan and her sister Ali at the latter's room, listening to their parents arguing and fighting in the living room of their home.

The music video for "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was directed by Lohan in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, and references her father Michael's alcoholism and alleged domestic abuse.[15] Tommy Mottola, head of Casablanca Records, revealed that no one could direct the video better than Lohan herself, who said to the singer, "'No one knows this song better than you, no one knows this situation better than you.' It's a lot to take on, but I told her she's ready, and we'll give her all the support she needs".[15] Lohan said that the video's storefront setting was chosen because, in her words, "my life is on display".[15] The singer also wanted to break a mirror during the bathroom scenes, because she wanted to show her real feelings in the music video.[15] Assistant director Jeb Bryan said to Lohan, "This is real glass, Lindsay. We weren't prepared for you to break these things. [...] Do you want this slow motion?" She responded, "Regular frame will make it more violent. [...] I don't want it to be too pretty".[15] The music video was first aired on MTV's Making the Video,[16] and later released to iTunes Store on October 25, 2005.[17]

In the video, Lohan hides in the bathroom and prays a rosary as her parents, Michael and Dina (played by Drake Andrew and Victoria Hay, respectively), argue and fight in the living room. Her sister, Ali (who plays herself, according to Lohan), goes to her bedroom after coming home from ballet class, breaks into tears, saying a rosary. The three rooms are shown behind a department store window, outside which a crowd of observers form. At the end of the video, Lohan stands behind the glass and photographs of memories fly up onto it, from which she breaks out.[15] As a response to the music video, Michael Lohan wrote a letter to the New York Daily News, saying, "while I always considered and expressed how truly blessed Lindsay, as well as my other children are, I never realized how blessed I am to have a daughter as amazing as Lindsay. Hold onto my shirt honey, soon enough you'll be able to hold on to me!"[5]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" – 3:43
  2. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" (Dave Audé Remix) – 4:45
  3. "My Innocence" – 4:17
  4. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" (Music Video)
  • Digital download[7]
  1. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" – 3:43
  2. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" (Dave Audé Remix) – 4:45
  3. "My Innocence" – 4:17

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[20] 74
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[21] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 57
Ukraine (FDR Pop)[23] 7

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Strub, Whitney (December 21, 2005). "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father) - Review". PopMatters. Sarah Zupko. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
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  19. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lindsay Lohan – Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
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  23. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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