The follow-up to 2000's promising Crashpilot is a discouragingly dull goth-grunge effort, with unambitious junior-high lyrics and exceedingly pedestrian riffs competing for attention. Despite writing the lyrics herself, lead singer Sheila V. Bommakanti sings as if reading the words on the sheet for the first time, struggling to lend even the most basic lines a proper cadence, much less anything approaching a yowl. Whatever levels of intricacy were evident on Cober's debut effort are replaced on this record with a pained lethargy, comparable to Courtney Love's weakest moments, that should not be mistaken for genuine emotion. Cober is far from untalented, but The Breaker is a wholly dispassionate, and thus forgettable, piece of post-gothic, guitar-driven moodiness.
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AllMusic Review by Joseph McCombs