Breakthrough - The Gaslamp Killer
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 80
    In terms of its complexity and level of skill on display Breakthrough is a big step up for Bensussen.
  2. Oct 1, 2012
    80
    For all its varied elements is all too clearly the expression of the demented but coherent vision of one man. You will find no better way to fry your mind this year.
  3. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    Bensussen has delivered a varied, immersive set of highly memorable, enjoyable and danceable tracks that should push him further into the limelight where he has triumphantly proved he belongs.
  4. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    [Breakthrough] is so much more than the hectic pastiches of exoticism that The Gaslamp Killer is famous for. Meticulous arrangements, pace, narrative and emotional authenticity are prioritized over an all-out assault of catatonia-inducing madness to convey its message.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    Potent incantations such as Nissim and, particularly, the two tracks with Warp's sinister rapper Gonjasufi, prove this to be a wonderfully bananas breakthrough. [Oct 2012, p.100]
  6. Sep 19, 2012
    77
    Breakthrough-- which it is and isn't-- feels like the kind of record his adventurous precedent has made into a familiar signature. It's the album that gets at his recent creative mode most definitively, the one people might figure he had in him rather than the one that changed anybody's minds about him.
  7. Dec 13, 2012
    70
    It's about as weird and wonderful as you'd expect from a guy who looks like he's been living on a commune for the past ten years.
  8. Oct 12, 2012
    70
    Breakthrough is an eclectic and challenging record that features more than a few sublime moments of heady bong-haze depth.
  9. Sep 26, 2012
    70
    Breakthrough is a substantive piece of work, an album to be reckoned with by critics and fans alike; for it not only fulfills the promise of Mr. Killer's production work on A Sufi and a Killer, but also establishes an entirely new (and maybe impossibly high) set of expectations for a producer who appears possessed of genius.
  10. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    The 47 minutes diced into 17 tracks that consitute Breakthrough demonstrate what Gaslamp Killer is capable of.
  11. 70
    Breakthrough is a challenge for listeners, and the producers that make up the growing California beats scene.
  12. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Many of these tracks--indeed some of the most interesting--are more snippets than fully developed destinations. But there are real skills on display here.
  13. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    This is music that you dive into wholeheartedly when there's time to examine its mutilated layers.
  14. Sep 19, 2012
    60
    William Bensussen mashes up cavernous hip hop beats, 8-bit electronica, West Coast psych and glitch. [Oct 2012, p.95]
  15. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    As a whole, Breakthrough can be powerful and hypnotic, but does feels a little familiar by now.
  16. 60
    The resulting noodly beats might have pricked ears in 2007. But in 2012, with Flying Lotus set to redefine the LA scene with his keenly awaited fourth album 'Until The Quiet Comes', it's not quite enough.
  17. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Breakthrough splatters so many short ideas across its 47 minutes that a front-to-back listen is wearying, like hearing a dozen erratic interludes mixed in with a handful of lengthier sketches that are no more settled.
  18. Sep 28, 2012
    30
    Where Flying Lotus scatterbrain brings emotive grooves out of madness, GLK can only manage ugly, mostly boring sketches. [Nov 2012, p.75]
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  1. Oct 25, 2012
    8
    A lot of people might complain that it's too chaotic and at times makes no sense, but for long-time followers of GLK this is something to be expected, and at this point, part of the journey. As confusing as it's diverse, Breakthrough is a must-listen for Brainfeeder fans, and a good introduction to the world of the Gaslamp Killer. Full Review »