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. With material as good as this, we can bear to do without Pixies for a while yet.
  3. This is Kim Deal’s version of scuffed-up shoegazer rock, albeit with a shit-eating grin shining off the moonlight.
  4. The album’s sequencing is impeccable, as the band segues into airy atmospherics for 'Night of Joy' and 'We’re Gonna Rise,' the album’s most tender, melancholy and meditative tracks.
  5. Taken as a whole, this endearingly strange collection should force casual-listeners to appreciate the importance of the album as a convoluted, contrary and eternally charismatic art form, which can still be defended by even the most work-shy of songsmiths.
  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. Despite its evocative title of raw sinewy snarl, Mountain Battles is, sadly, a narcoleptic disappointment. [Spring 2008, p.74]

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  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 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, 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 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 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