At a glance, Breakin' in Another Heart looks like a half-hearted effort, since the title track is a re-recording of one of Thompson's decade-old hits and the album was recorded at the end of his long tenure with Capitol Records, but it is not a throwaway. The dozen songs are split 50/50 with ballads on side one and Thompson's originals on side two. On the ballad side, "There's No You" is a beauty that demonstrates the ease with which Thompson negotiated sophisticated melodies, and the other songs are nearly as good. The originals tend toward ballads, too, which makes this a very laid-back affair overall. "I'd Have Never Found Somebody New" is an echoey waltz, and the remake of "Breakin' in Another Heart" is a near replica of the original but perhaps a bit mellower, since Thompson's voice had deepened. Thompson remained on the charts for decades without ever updating his sound much, which proves the enduring appeal of his style.
AllMusic Review by Greg Adams