Breakthrough (The Gaslamp Killer album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 2012 (2012-09-17)
GenreAlternative hip hop, electronic
ProducerThe Gaslamp Killer
The Gaslamp Killer chronology
The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live in Los Angeles
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundC+[4]
Drowned in Sound7/10[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media7.7/10[9]
PopMatters7/10 stars[10]

Breakthrough is the first studio album by American alternative-hip hop producer The Gaslamp Killer. It was released on Brainfeeder on September 17, 2012.[11] The album features guest appearances from Gonjasufi, Daedelus, and Samiyam, among others.[12]

Background and recording[edit]

While The Gaslamp Killer's earlier work was characterized by a heavy use of samples, on Breakthrough he chose to work with musicians to recreate the "vibe" of particular tracks.[13] Comparing his method to the way that Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones used blues music, he said, "I'm just trying to get ideas from world music, different rock 'n' roll records, library records, psychedelic shit, jazz – getting ideas from other records and trying to recreate them with musicians."[13]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Breakthrough received an average score of 66% based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

2."Veins" (featuring Gonjasufi)1:45
3."Holy Mt. Washington" (featuring Computer Jay)2:27
5."Critic" (featuring Mophono)2:20
6."Dead Vets" (featuring Adrian Younge)2:25
7."Flange Face" (featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)3:39
9."Apparitions" (featuring Gonjasufi)2:51
10."Impulse" (featuring Daedelus)3:33
11."Peasants, Cripples & Retards" (featuring Samiyam)2:15
12."Meat Guilt" (featuring R.S.I)1:50
14."Nissim" (featuring Amir Yaghmai)4:31
15."Keep It Simple Stupid" (featuring Shigeto)1:46
16."Seven Years of Bad Luck for Fun" (featuring Dimlite)3:52
17."In the Dark..."6:23


Chart Peak
Top Dance/Electronic Albums[14] 23


  1. ^ a b "Breakthrough by The Gaslamp Killer". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  3. ^ Roullier, Ian (2012). "The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough - Review". BBC. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Staples, Derek (September 12, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Moore, Marcus J. (September 11, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer - Breakthrough". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on May 8, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Calvert, John (October 9, 2012). "Breakthrough". Fact. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  7. ^ MacInnes, Paul (September 13, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Cardew, Ben (September 14, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer - 'Breakthrough'". NME. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Patrin, Nate (September 19, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Miller, Eric (September 25, 2012). "The Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough". PopMatters. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Diver, Mike (October 4, 2012). "The Best Albums of September 2012". BBC. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Lanier, April (September 10, 2012). "Okayfuture Audio: Gaslamp Killer's Breakthrough Debut". Okayplayer. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  13. ^ a b Hadfield, James. "The Gaslamp Killer: the interview". Time Out Tokyo. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Gaslamp Killer - Chart history - Top Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 7, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2016.

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