Album Review of Breakthrough by Colbie Caillat.

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Colbie Caillat

Breakthrough by Colbie Caillat

Release Date: Aug 25, 2009
Record label: Universal Republic
Genre(s): Rock, Pop

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Breakthrough - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10

There’s nothing unique about a young woman strumming an acoustic guitar and singing about crushes, relationships gone bad and striking out on your own. But for Colbie Caillat, the singer behind the 2007 smash debut single “Bubbly”, it’s all about the delivery, not the source material. When Caillat sang, “I’ve been awake for a while now / You’ve got me feelin like a child now”, the first two lines of “Bubbly”, she served notice that she was a singer with depth, simply in the contrasting ways she intoned the word “now”.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Colbie Caillat's breakthrough arrived before Breakthrough, when her debut Coco turned into a breezy surprise hit. Breakthrough isn't meant to catapult Caillat into a mainstream that already knows her, but to consolidate her success, so it's not entirely a surprise that the album bears evidence of her showbiz kid roots, a record that relies just a bit more on the studio than the song. It's a creation that's slicker and sleeker than the debut, but fortunately, it's not quite at the expense of Caillat's simple charms.

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