Colbie Caillat
Breakthrough


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
September 4th, 2009 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Colbie Caillat returns with a fuller sound, more confidence and an enjoyable album full of upbeat pop.

Reading through Colbie Caillat’s biography, it almost seems as if she was destined to end up in the music business. With a father that co-produced such revered albums as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Colbie’s exposure to recording artists began very young. Her experiences with music only continued as she started taking voice and piano lessons, as well as occasionally lending her vocal talents to various artists’ music. In addition to her connections in the industry, she also had a natural singing ability and the good looks that a pop artist generally needs. With all of those factors in her favor, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she had released her first album, Coco, by the age of 22. That album spawned three hit singles and gained her a large following within the pop community and two years later she is back with her sophomore release, Breakthrough.

With everything that was done right on her debut, it should come as no surprise that very little has changed on her second album. Colbie Caillat’s use of simple, upbeat pop rock with choruses that will remain stuck in your head is still the vessel she uses to compliment her soft, soothing vocal style and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Colbie herself has stated her belief that “a great song should lift your heart, warm the soul and make you feel good,” and she hits that mark on every track. The few things that have been changed for this album only help to achieve that goal. One problem on her previous album was the occasional use of that cheap, processed beat that only pop seems inclined to use, and thankfully it has been entirely done away with. In its place is warm, organic live percussion that much better suites Colbie’s voice. This new addition only enhances the staples of Colbie’s sound which includes catchy acoustic guitar harmonies, upbeat piano melodies and the occasional string accompaniment. This fuller sound, combined with a more confident Colbie, has resulted in songs that feel more developed than anything from her past – songs that don’t simply sound like containers for a catchy hook and not much more.

While there is nothing spectacular on this album, there is also not a single bad track. In a time when labels are perfectly content to load an album with a few singles and a bunch of filler, it’s refreshing to be able to listen to this from beginning to end without having to skip any tracks. It’s also refreshing due to its light-hearted, upbeat songs that only seem intent on creating a smile and a feeling of enjoyment. Colbie’s soothing vocals, the warm sound of the music, and the memorable choruses are all well worth listening to this for when the mood for something easy hits you.



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Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wasn't going to review this, but I figured with it going number 1 this week with 105,500 copies sold that we might as well have a review on the site.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


shes annoying and ugly

Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Annoying? Do you know her personally or something?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


we hang

Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

She has to have hot friends, then. Makes it all worth the effort; right?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


Being serious though that's a pretty dumb argument e.g. 'brokencyde arent annoying u cant say that u dont know them heh owned'

shes got that whole generic jack johnson-esque 'chill' californian music or whatever that whole scene is

her music is boring and generic and she vaguely irritates me

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


I saw an interview with BrokeNCYDE and they seemed like a few chill dudes.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


yea we hang

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


Honestly. They seemed humbled by the mass amounts of humiliation and hate they get. Fear was in their eyes.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


yea. in fact, their music's actually pretty good.

in fact, i love it.

it's great

scyther
September 4th 2009


1606 Comments


Oh thats nice... : D

Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Being serious though that's a pretty dumb argument e.g. 'brokencyde arent annoying u cant say that u dont know them heh owned'

shes got that whole generic jack johnson-esque 'chill' californian music or whatever that whole scene is

her music is boring and generic and she vaguely irritates me
It's not a dumb arguement. You didn't say her music annoyed you, you said that she annoyed you. That combined with you calling her ugly made it pretty clear you weren't trying to be constructive at all. That last sentence of this quote (plus the ugly thing, of course) would have come off a lot better than what you chose to post.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2009


15042 Comments


no i find her annoying too

it's nothing in specific and i dont need to know her to say that she, or her image, annoys me

Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You don't need to know her to say that her image annoys you (although, considering the fact she looks just like anyone else, it's kind of a stupid comment). But to say that she annoys you when you don't know her or anything about her is just stupid no matter how you try to justify it.

mvdu
September 4th 2009


605 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

To me, she just doesn't add something extra to pop like A Fine Frenzy and Ingrid Michaelson do. Colbie's sentiments are bland. She went from too sleepy on Coco to annoyingly perky on this CD.

Nice review, though.

Willie
Moderator
September 4th 2009


16019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're right, she doesn't really do anything different (see my review for her debut), but her music is still enjoyable when I'm in the right mood.

mvdu
September 4th 2009


605 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You're right about moods. I just can't get into her music, though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
September 5th 2009


8368 Comments


SHE LOOKS LIKE THIS THESE DAYS? Damn what happened to that sweet girl next door with a beautiful voice. So yah she has a good voice, but Coco was just such a sleepy album so I agree with mvdu there.

jingledeath
September 5th 2009


7104 Comments


Probably not going to check this out but I'll listen to the singles eventually.

Chewie
September 5th 2009


4532 Comments


You don't need to know her to say that her image annoys you (although, considering the fact she looks just like anyone else, it's kind of a stupid comment). But to say that she annoys you when you don't know her or anything about her is just stupid no matter how you try to justify it.


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