Breakthrough (Colbie Caillat album)

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Studio album by Colbie Caillat
Released August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Pop, pop rock[1]
Length 49:07
Label Universal Republic
Producer Mikal Blue, Ken Caillat, Greg Wells, Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, John Shanks, Rick Nowels
Colbie Caillat chronology
All of You
Singles from Breakthrough
  1. "Fallin' for You"
    Released: June 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
  2. "I Never Told You"
    Released: February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)

Breakthrough is the second studio album by Colbie Caillat. The album was released on August 25, 2009 in the United States through Universal Republic Records. The first single "Fallin' for You" was released on June 29, 2009 and was a success on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #12. The album made its debut at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 106,000 copies in its first week.

"Breakthrough" has received mostly positive reviews and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.[2]

Background and production[edit]

Caillat worked with various producers, songwriters, and artists including Greg Wells, Rick Nowels, John Shanks, and Kara DioGuardi. Caillat set up a hi-octane 'writing camp' in Hawaii, inviting familiar collaborators Jason Reeves and Mikal Blue (who co-produced/co-wrote her debut album) and Kara DioGuardi to help with the album. Guitarist David Becker also appears on the album. The deluxe version of Breakthrough was released on August 25, 2009, and includes five bonus tracks.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
American Music Channel 3/5 stars[5]
Billboard (Favorable)[6]
NY Daily News 3/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Sputnik Music 3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[11]

The album has been met with fair to positive reviews.[12] Michael Lello from Pop Matters gave to the album 7 stars (out of 10) and says that: "On Breakthrough, Caillat wisely builds upon her strengths—the aforementioned disciplined singing approach and girly topics—rather than enter drastic new territory. There’s a consistency throughout the 12 tracks, which is remarkable considering she enlisted some proven hit-makers—co-writer John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow), her producer dad Ken Caillat (who co-produced and co-engineered Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours), and writing partner Kara DioGuardi of American Idol. The industry pros serve to sweeten, not change, Caillat’s sound, which results in a richly textured album, not just a collection of radio-baiting singles, that retains the performer’s personality." The Allmusic review gave to the album 3 stars (out of 5) and says that: "'Breakthrough' 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". Billboard gave an average review saying: "Breakthrough never quite lives up to its title. But the songs that do diverge from the formula even slightly-like the Greg Wells-produced "Fearless"-offer delightful relief, and perhaps a taste of what could be if the singer were to dig deeper". The Sputnikmusic review was more favorable saying that: "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". Jim Farber from Daily News has said that "the inconsequence of Caillat’s sound provides a balm for the near nonstop rejection she suffers in her lyrics and even in those rare tracks where Caillat wins the guy, it doesn’t sound like she’s doing much with him beyond holding hands. Adults may giggle over that. But with songs this catchy, they’re also likely to find themselves singing along".[13]


  • "Fallin' for You" was released as the album's lead single on June 30, 2009. The single debuted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Caillat's highest chart debut selling over 118,000 digital downloads. The music video was released in July, 2009.
  • "I Never Told You" is the second single from the album. It was officially released on February 16, 2010.[14][15] It has peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Won't"   Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves & Makana Rowan 3:47
2. "Begin Again"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi & Jason Reeves 4:16
3. "You Got Me"   Colbie Caillat & John Shanks 4:02
4. "Fallin' for You"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:37
5. "Rainbow"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 3:58
6. "Droplets" (featuring Jason Reeves) Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves 3:26
7. "I Never Told You"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi & Jason Reeves 3:55
8. "Fearless"   Colbie Caillat, Kara DioGuardi, Jason Reeves & Mikal Blue 5:07
9. "Runnin' Around"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:49
10. "Break Through"   Colbie Caillat & Rick Nowels 3:40
11. "It Stops Today"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 3:49
12. "Breakin' at the Cracks"   Colbie Caillat & Jason Reeves 5:41

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
Japan August 19, 2009 Universal Music Japan Deluxe Edition
Germany August 21, 2009 Universal CD / Deluxe Edition
France August 24, 2009 Barclay CD
United States August 25, 2009 Universal Republic CD / Deluxe Edition
Brazil August 28, 2009 Universal Deluxe Edition
Italy September 4, 2009 CD / Deluxe Edition
UK September 14, 2009 Island


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 59
Austrian Albums Chart[21] 10
Belgium Walloon Albums Chart 37
Belgium Flanders Albums Chart 41
Canadian Albums Chart 5
Dutch Albums Chart[22] 24
French SNEP Albums Chart[23] 23
German Albums Chart[24] 9
Japanese Albums Chart[25] 42
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 31
Portuguese Albums Chart[27] 11
Swiss Albums Chart[28] 10
UK Albums Chart 109
U.S. Billboard 200[29] 1 Gold[30]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 132[31]

Sheet music[edit]

The "Artist-Approved" sheet music for this album is available through Cherry Lane Music in a Piano/Vocal/Guitar folio.[32]


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Preceded by
Keep on Loving You by Reba McEntire
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 12, 2009
Succeeded by
I Look to You by Whitney Houston