Colbie Caillat, "Breakthrough"

62 Billboard Rating

Like Colbie Caillat's 2007 debut album, "Coco," her second album, "Breakthrough," is warm and inviting, as she continues marveling over the first pangs of love. On the finger-snapping song "You Got Me," the 24-year-old singer's heart skips a beat when she finds a boy taking her hand and flashing a crooked smile. "It's everything that I've been dreaming of," she sighs, as though puppy love is all she's ever known. The same is true of the album's lead single, "Falling for You"-and much of the other tracks follow suit. Unfortunately, that means "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. But for now, this is Caillat's rose-colored worldview, and she's sticking to it. --Monica Herrera

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