Mountain Battles - The Breeders
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the rock band formed by Kim Deal of the Pixies was produced by Steve Albini.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. In a career full of perfect miniatures, Mountain Battles might actually be the Deals' best. It's certainly their most even-flowing.
  2. 80
    The Breeders can still crank out straightforward rock songs, but iy's the creepier stuff that gets under your skin and stays there. [Apr 2008, p.104]
  3. Alt-rock guru Steve Albini is back at the helm and once again proves the ideal midwife for the Breeders' fiercely independent vision.
  4. This is Kim Deal’s version of scuffed-up shoegazer rock, albeit with a shit-eating grin shining off the moonlight.
  5. Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey), among other producers, keeps things raw; indeed, the record's primitive art punk sometimes echoes Nirvana.
  6. It's an interesting mix, but unfortunately, the album is never as much fun to listen to as it probably was for the Deal sisters to make.
  7. The record comes off like punk-rock outtakes for the heavily narcotized.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. SteveS
    Apr 12, 2008
    10
    Perfect for whatever mood you're in. The albums raw sound in exactly what I hoped for when I picked this up. I've been a fan since 1990 and have never been disappointed by The Breeders. Track 3 "Night of Joy", Track 5 "German Studies", Track 10 "Here No More" are my favorites. Expand
  2. ConnorG.
    Apr 9, 2008
    10
    I should mention, I'm a big fan. Lots of expectations here, but all have been fulfilled. I can jump into this album at different points, depending on mood, and be transported somewhere else by the end of a few songs. The journey is always worth it. Battles is moody without being annoying, oblique but not trying. Grounded, raw, and filled with hooks that seep in after a few listens. It will be the album that marks the year for me. Expand
  3. MichaelE.
    Apr 15, 2008
    8
    It´s a very fine work, and it´s interesting that it works so well, because the material is so raw. Nevertheless it creates a unique atmosphere - really stunning! In some of the very moody pieces there is a distant parallel to the the Young Marble Giants. Expand
  4. ChristopherS.
    Apr 9, 2008
    6
    Rather lethargic, mildly catchy ("It's the Love," "We're Gonna Rise"). Kim is still cool, though. Looking forward to your next album (2013?). Expand