Breakthrough

Common Sense Media says

Tame love lessons from country-tinged MySpace sensation.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Caillat stands up for her rights in relationships on some songs, but on others she obsesses about the boy of dreams meaning everything to her. She also sings a lot about working at relationships and that most good relationships require effort and commitment, not just passion and fireworks. "Hard times take time to fix."

Positive role models

Caillat is a good role model for not rushing into relationships and letting your own feelings be your guide, rather than succumbing to pressure. "Let's try to slow it down, we crash when we race."

Violence
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Sex

Kissing and spending the night together are mentioned a few times.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's a whole lot of love on this release. From breakups to make-ups, infatuation to dissatisfaction, Caillat runs the gamut of romantic emotions. For all this love though, there is virtually no sexual references and only brief mentions of a kiss or spending the night sleeping until dawn. These are passing lines and the focus of this album is more about waiting to make sure love is true, rather than seduction or being sexy.

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Kids say

What's the story?

After rising to fame thanks in part to a MySpace fan following, Colbie Caillat follows up on her initial success with the sophomore album BREAKTHROUGH. Full of angst and tales of love and failed relationships, the album is a voluminous exploration of romance, with a total of 18 tracks on the deluxe edition. Caillat, the daughter of music producer Ken Caillat, combines folk elements with pop beats and surfer-style guitar melodies, much to the liking of her fans apparently. The album reached the top download spot in its opening week on iTunes.

Is it any good?

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Colbie Caillat's music is a a throwback to a simpler time. Ironically, it shines for what it lacks: electronic interference. No processed harmonies or computer-generated beats here. The album is simply a girl and her guitar, highlighting Caillat's voice and songwriting collaborations. Combining sounds reminiscent of Carly Simon, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac and even Jimmy Buffet, Caillat creates a musical vacation for listeners. While her subject matter doesn't veer too far from relationships, it never gets too serious.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how love and relationships are portrayed in the media. When famous couples have public problems, are their troubles minimized by media scrutiny?

  • Do you think girls focus too much time and energy on boys and romantic relationships? Do you think girls are more attracted to love songs than boys? What is the subject matter that's covered on music geared to men?

  • Families can talk about the message this album sends that it's okay to take your time in a relationship. Do you think other albums share the same sentiment or do too many albums focus on racy lyrics and sexy references?

Music details

Artist:Colbie Caillat
Release date:August 25, 2009
Label:Universal
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox September 18, 2011
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good cd, for teens and mature tweens

She has some good songs about having an innocent love life, no being held down, and being a storng person. It does say a few sexy lines, but never she uses the word sex or any thing like that. Some lines that are iffy are "I need you fill me up", "Spend the night till dawn", and "Kissing even when we're old and grey"
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byParamoreFan09 March 3, 2011
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Cute love songs

Can't stop listening to "Fallin' for You" on repeat! :) i love the lyrics of that song.... :)
Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots November 7, 2010
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This CD is amazing! Colbie is so talented! I definetly reccomend this CD.
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