By: Emily J Ramey
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
In 2007, Colbie Caillat won us over with “Bubbly.” Her natural ease and beauty, her subtle confidence and smooth, sprightly tunes placed her at the top of the music charts and in every teenage girl’s summer playlist. Breakthrough, however, falls short. Don’t get me entirely wrong: Breakthrough is brimming with charming, sunny tunes about the various stages of puppy love. If Caillat’s audience is looking for progress, they’ll be sorely disappointed; however, most of Colbie’s fans will probably be completely content with a compilation of sugary ballads and crush confessions.
Caillat’s rich, rosy mezzo-soprano is as enchanting as it ever was; the light acoustic nature of her songs compliments the timbre of her honeyed vocals splendidly. The two best songs are the ones that stand out from the rest as particularly catchy: well-paced, wide-ranged “Begin Again” and the melodic ballad “I Never Told You.” Refreshingly, “Breakin’ at the Cracks” seems less refined and practically raw, as if we’re almost seeing real emotion from Colbie Caillat. This last track is enough to prove that Caillat has the potential to be a true songwriter. Let’s just hope her coming undertakings explore unfamiliar territory, as opposed to the “Bubbly” road she has taken us down again and again.
Emily J Ramey is a burgeoning young music writer, living and working in Nashville, TN. Her background includes journalism classes at New York University and a Music Business degree from Belmont University. Check out her blog at listenerextraordinaire.wordpress.com.
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