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Colbie Caillat welcomes change. Being a Gemini might have something to do with it, or it could just be her innate predilection for progression. Either way, the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum songstress’s fourth album, Gypsy Heart, and EP Gypsy Heart Side A, see her artistically evolve yet again.

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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B002FUI4A6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Limited deluxe edition contains five bonus tracks. 2009 album from the award winning singer/songwriter, whose refreshing style and mesmerizing vocals captured a global following the past two years thanks to her breakout debut album Coco. For Breakthrough, Colbie worked with an impressive array of producers, songwriters, and artists including Grammy winning songsmiths such as Rick Nowels, Shanks, and acclaimed songwriter and 2009 American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi. The charismatic artist even set up a hi-octane 'writing camp' in Hawaii last year, inviting familiar collaborators Jason Reeves and Mikal Blue and Kara DioGuardi to the creative free-for-all. Caillat and her team wrote 50 songs for the album and recorded 20. She played the music for a small group of fans to help her determine the final tracks that will make the album. Features the first single 'Fallin' For You'.

About the Artist

Last time around, Colbie Caillat was feeling "Bubbly," and the entire pop world seemed to want a sip. But this time, effervescence flirts with explosiveness. For her sophomore album, Breakthrough, Colbie has shaken up her sound, bringing in a wider array of producers and players, and significantly picking up the tempo at times from her debut effort's signature ballads. So keep an eye on those carbonation levels: champagne corks may fly.

You'd be hard-pressed to consider an album as accomplished and successful as Coco an accident, yet that's almost what Caillat's 2007 freshman release was. The sudden mania it created at radio and retail "was a surprise for me," Caillat says, "because I hadn't really been in this business yet. I hadn't been doing shows. I wasn't trying to get signed. I just was this girl who wrote songs and put them up on MySpace." By the time Coco was released to stores, "Bubbly" was already enough of an airplay sensation that the album debuted at No. 5. The massive success of a second single, "Realize," helped push the album to over 2 million shipments, in addition to almost 6 million individual digital tracks that were sold. "It all just happened naturally," says Caillat--"and now I have to keep up with it."

The making of Breakthrough was far more purposeful than the ramshackle sessions that became Caillat's first album. Whatever might have been lost in the way of charming naiveté is more than made up for with greater experience and heightened maturity. "When I found out I had six months to make this album it was so exciting, because my favorite part is being in the studio and having a chance to get it right. "

"We tried different versions of a lot of the songs--some raw and acoustic; some with lots of harmonies and others with 20 more instruments than needed to be there--just to see which version sounded best. We ended up having a lot of variety." But for all this diversification, there's at least one carry-over and constant: the front-and-center intimacy of Caillat's vocals, which fans already relate to coming through their ear buds like the voice of a warm and trusted friend.

Production credits for Breakthrough were split between two new helmers. One is hitmaker John Shanks, who's particularly known for his work with strong female artists like Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette, and the Wreckers. The other new guy behind the boards is Ken Caillat, most renowned for his work on one of the top-selling albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours... and also, not insignificantly, for being Colbie's father. Bringing things full circle, the new album was recorded at Village Recorders in West L.A., where Ken Caillat met his future wife and Colbie's mother-to-be when they were both working there during the making of Tusk.

Both John Shanks and Ken Caillat recorded basic tracks with a band playing live in the studio while Colbie sang along in the vocal booth. Beyond that similar approach to the early sessions, though, their approaches diverged. "My dad's recording is very organic and reveals the rawness and vulnerability in a song," she says. "And John Shanks is a great pop producer. His songs are perfect for radio."

"On this record, Caillat continues, "I was able to contribute a lot more of my production ideas into the recording. I had a better sense of how I know the songs should sound and feel, and what instruments should be added or taken away from them. Because I didn't get to do that on Coco, to really be able to make these songs completely my own was a special experience for me."

No one wanted to fix what wasn't broken about Coco, of course. At this time in music-business age where new stars aren't even being added to the firmament anymore, Caillat's success was as close to overnight as it gets. Two years after its July 2007 release, the debut is still in the top 100, and stands as the 12th biggest selling digital album of all time. "Bubbly" is the 21st best selling digital track ever, with sales of more than 2.8 million, and was a No. 1 smash at Hot AC radio for 19 weeks and AC for 17. The music videos for the first album's songs were streamed over 22 million times. "Bubbly" was named song of the year at the last BMI Awards, and Colbie tied for artist of the year, for that song and "Realize." She was named the winner of Billboard's Rising Star award, too, on top of nominations for the American Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards. If the bubble ain't broke, don't pop it, right?

Coming off such rare and covetable success, expanding the sonic palette beyond the mostly acoustic base of Coco for the new album wasn't undertaken lightly. "I didn't want to stray too far too fast from what my fans are used to from me," she says. "But I did want to grow and experiment and work with different people. I searched for the right balance."

Caillat expanded her circle of co-writers as well as producers, sitting down to work with hitcrafter-turned-Idolmaker Kara DioGuardia (who helped write three tracks, including "Begin Again") and Rick Nowels, who says, "I've worked with some really good writers--Madonna, Dido, Nelly Furtado, Jewel--and I'm just really impressed with Colbie's songwriting. She's got her own voice and lyrical and melodic point of view; she's what I call a natural. And she's a proper singer-songwriter, which is a breath of fresh air today. I think everybody responds to strong songs sung emotionally, and everybody responds to real."

On Breakthrough, the emotional highs are higher, and the lows arguably lower. "All the songs are definitely about the roller coaster of being in a relationship--happy, sad, breaking up, falling in love, just the whole cycle of it," she says. At the crest of this coaster, there's the first single, "Falling for You," which might be described as wearing its heart on its sleeve, if the tune's upbeat feel didn't conjure a kind of summer sleevelessness. "I had gone out on this `friends' date, and I realized I started liking him more than I thought I did," Caillat explains. "I was on cloud nine over this guy, thinking I was falling for him, so I wrote about everything we did hanging out the day before." Think "Bubbly" squared and gone to the beach.

But, in keeping with that coaster analogy, the album doesn't lack for romantic free-falls. "A lot of the songs from both Coco and the new album are about the same poor guy that I keep torturing in some way," she laughs. Knowing that he was more invested in the relationship than she was, she's written a number of songs from this boyfriend's point of view--including the hopeful "Realize" on the last album and the resigned but brave "Fearless" on this one. "The song `Fearless' is sung by someone who's having their heart broken--but I really haven't been broken-hearted yet, so that song was me kind of switching it around from his perspective. I wrote it as him saying to me that he's fearless and this won't damage him for future relationships. The opening lines are, `It that's the way you love? You've got to learn so much.' And I really do have a lot to learn about love.

"All the songs have a different twist," Caillat continues. "It may not be exactly what happened to me, but it's happened in a situation that I've learned from or been watching. I wrote `Breaking At the Cracks' about one of my parents' friends who I've known my entire life. Everything in her life came crashing down on her at the same time: her mother died, her dogs died, then her father died, and finally her husband left her. I was on tour and my heart was hurting for her. So I started playing my guitar and crying while I was singing, imagining what it would take to get yourself out of that depression and get your life back together. That was another song that had nothing to do with me, but I was expressing someone else's emotions, like I was sending a message to the world for them."

Having just been a fan herself until recently, Caillat thinks about how her most emotional songs will click with her own followers. "Because I know a Coldplay song like `Fix You,' when I'm having a bad day, I can put it on and just pour my heart out--and then five minutes later, I'm ready for a smile again. So I want to have the perfect mixture of having those kinds of songs that you can cry to when you've had a horrible day, and these upbeat, fun songs you can listen to at the beach or when you're driving."

Breakthrough's title track is another ruminative song about a friend's experience--in this case, that of Colbie's best pal, who has long been estranged from her father and continues to desperately desire a breakthrough in her relationship with him. But when Caillat applied the title to the album, it took on a different, more celebrative, strictly personal meaning.

"I'm 24, and I'm still trying to grow up as a woman and find out who I am and be comfortable in my own skin," she says. "I had gone through this very hard time where I was really down on myself, and I just kind of wanted to take the easy route and drop everything hard that was getting in my way. And I realized I had to step up and get past that. It took me a while, but I did finally break through my fears and insecurities. And that's why I felt that that would be a great album title, especially for my younger fans."

A newly minted star who's still discovering her boundaries, Caillat tries t to stay open and even vulnerable. "You keep your guard up with some of the people that you meet. But I also think that fans should know who you are, and why be afraid of it? It's like that feeling you get when you see someone on YouTube with no makeup on or acting silly--whatever it is that you normally do--and it's like `Oh, they're doing it too, and it's okay, we can be who we are.' You just have to remind yourself not to hide what you do and who you are, because people like seeing that."

That's something Caillat clearly hasn't forgotten with this bigger, better, and even more intimate album. Finding out that increased amplitude and heightened transparency aren't mutually exclusive after all--that's the stuff that true bust outs are made of.

Customer Reviews

Finally a CD that has more than one or two good songs.
E. Hassler
Her voice is distinctive, soooo smooth, calming, and her singing style enhances the message of each song.
Doctor Jay
The music and lyrics are creatively written, while her sound is unique, her songs are of a great variety.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Jay on August 25, 2009
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Probably the best way to evaluate this CD is to break it down. VOCALS -- What can we say? Her voice is distinctive, soooo smooth, calming, and her singing style enhances the message of each song. PRODUCTION AND ARRANGEMENTS -- sonically clean and nicely textured, although a bit "busy" on some tracks. On some of the more upbeat songs, it was almost like listening to something by the Beach Boys, circa 60's. Most of the songs are acoustic guitar driven, and that's a big plus for me. There's also some piano and one really n-i-c-e horn arrangement. Hopefully, we'll hear more brass backing her in the future. Her greatest strength on this CD is the ballads. On every ballad, she really excels. Plus, even as she sings the songs she's written that deal with heartbreak and longing, she does it in a positive way and graciously avoids using expletives. OVERALL IMPACT -- nice, very listenable, probably the song sequencing could have better spaced the ballads and upbeat songs. If I could, I would give it 4.8 stars and "Coco" 4.9 stars. Almost as stellar as her debut, very close and certainly well worth downloading and/or buying. She's a very promising singer/songwriter and deserves our support!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Creeb on September 28, 2009
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Some complaints that it's not like Coco... that is true. There don't seem to be as many radio-ready numbers, perhaps only one beyond "Fallin'". But, this is a great collection of songs, nonetheless. If you like Colbie, buy this CD. Her sincerity is once again in evidence.

And, if you're going to purchase this CD, get the Deluxe edition - the five additional songs are very, very good; they're not just throwaways.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JRay VINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
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colbie says that this album is about her growing up and picking herself up breaking through laziness to offer up enouragement to her fans. I was listening to this album while painting my son's room today. I couldn't really tell one song from the other, but that mattered little to me. That would be my only complaint other than at my life stage I am in a different season than Colbie (I am much older. No matter though...her writing is very nice..doesn't always connect, her arrangements are right on. This is a great second album from a beautiful voice. This album is very friendly to the ears and heart..no cursing..disrespecting...no hating on others here. That is important to me. Thanks for a sincere and clean album!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DMD n ATL on October 11, 2009
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Colbie Caillat's second CD allowed her to do the unlikely - top her first-time-out CD. If you liked the first one, you'll love this one. The music and lyrics are creatively written, while her sound is unique, her songs are of a great variety. I opted for the extended CD with the five extra tracks, which allowed me to enjoy more of Colbie's talent. She'll be performing in my city later this month - no doubt I'll be there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ken on October 8, 2009
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After seeing a TV interview with live songs from the CD, i had to go and pick one up. Top #1 right off the shelf, at least 6 #1 ones. I even purchased the COCO CD which is less heart felt to me. Still OK. Very smooth and excellent vocals. Her Dad did sound for one of fleetwood macs CD's and is her i think manager? Anyway this a classic, well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
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I absolutely adore Colbie Caillat. Her debut album `Coco' has frequent rotation on my car stereo, and her sophomore album `Breakthrough' is nearly just as good. In fact, the only complaint I have here is that the album is a tad long. When you consider the style of music that Colbie crafts, it is best served in small doses. In those doses you can really appreciate her style and skill. When you drag the album out seventeen tracks then you run the risk of becoming rather repetitious. Some of the tracks tend to run together and this takes the albums appeal down a notch.

I like all of these songs, and I downright love quite a few of them, but I would have preened a tad.

I probably would have started with `Stay With Me' and `Breakin at the Cracks'. They are very sleepy numbers that are soon forgotten. They don't sound bad, but they lack any real spark. They can come across as almost lazy. Speaking of lazy, `Never Let You Go' and `Don't Hold Me Down' seem that way as well. There really isn't much thought there. They are generic and accessible and nicely crafted yet highly forgettable and uninteresting songs.

`Runnin Around' is bouncy and fun and very `surfer girl', which is why I love Colbie so much. It's far from the best on the album, but it has spunk and is totally engaging.

I love the slowed down vibe of `Out of My Mind', a song that sweetly captures Colbie's soul. Unlike tracks like `Stay With Me', this song has a sparkle in Colbie's delivery that makes it relatable and enticing. The same can be said for `What I Wanted to Say', even if it lacks a little bit of the emotional relevancy of `Out of My Mind'.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on August 25, 2009
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Colbie continues writing & singing great songs! The first couple songs are ok but starting with, "Fallin' For You" from then, it's all up hill! The whole album's pretty consistent in terms of great content. If I had to pick then so far my 3 favorite songs are, "Runnin' Around", "It Stops Today" & "Fallin For You". Mos def worth purchasing especially the mp3 album version since you get it asap. Only thing I'm miffed about is that the version on iTunes has 2 additional songs. Not sure if iTunes still includes DRM on each & every song so I just went ahead & got it on here. I'm looking forward to her concert here in Dallas in October! She was great the last time she was here at the House of Blues!
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