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Mountain Battles [Digipak] *
2. Bang On
3. Night of Joy
4. We're Gonna Rise
5. German Studies - (German)
8. Walk It Off
9. Regalame Esta Noche - (Spanish)
10. Here No More
11. No Way
12. It's the Love
13. Mountain Battles
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 72803
Erika Larsen; Steve Albini; Ben Mumphrey
The Breeders: Mando Lopez, Jose Medeles, Kelley Deal, Kim Deal.
Personnel: Steven M. Hufsteter (guitar); Heather Winna (cymbals); Todd Mund (background vocals).
Recording information: Eletctrical Audio, Chicago, IL; Manny's Studio; Refraze, Dayton, OH; Stagg Street; The Basement.
Photographer: Marco Atkins.
Nearly six years after 2002's TITLE TK, much of which was spent touring with the studio-shy Pixies, Kim Deal reconvened the Breeders for the on-again/off-again alt-rock act's fourth full-length album, MOUNTAIN BATTLES. Consisting largely of the same line-up as its predecessor--including Kim's sister, Kelley--the record is another willfully quirky outing, with Deal recalling early Jane's Addiction-era Perry Farrell in the echoing vocals of "Overglazed," then later breathily cooing over the woozy arrangements of "We're Gonna Rise" and "Spark." A return to the venerable 4AD label, MOUNTAIN BATTLES nods to all past Breeders outings, particularly the eclectic LAST SPLASH, presenting the sound of a restless band cruising on its sonic whims. Though this approach occasionally backfires (see the inessential Spanish-language tune "Regalame Esta Noche"), it often yields fascinatingly weird pop moments, as on the seemingly nonsensical, partially a cappella "German Studies," making it an immensely fun listen.
Rolling Stone (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "STeve Albini, among other producers, keeps things raw; indeed, the record's primitive art punk sometimes echoes Nirvana."
Spin (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Much of the album feels like a trip around the world via a fever dream....Deal's skewed vocals, doubled and tripled in off-kilter harmonies, keep MOUNTAIN BATTLES on the dark side."
Uncut (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sweetly menacing harmonies of the Deal twins pull everything together, mesmerizing on the fairytale fragility of 'Night Of Joy'..."
Magnet (p.97) - "Ranging from sophisticated twilight-time pop and souped-up Tex Mex to faux-country and flat-out overdriven rawk, MOUNTAIN BATTLES zigzags from one stylistic locale to the next without blinking an eye."
CMJ - "These surprisingly mellow songs were written over six years...most of them retain the scruffy, raw production of their past efforts..."
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.47) - "What always lurks beneath...is vulnerability and pain, bruised emotions that manage always to nag at the heart."
Q (Magazine) (p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Garage-rockers 'No Way' and 'Walk It Off,' all squalling guitars and chugging rhythms, are welcome blasts..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Reprising the beautiful understated chemistry of 2002's TITLE TK, MOUNTAIN BATTLES features twin sister Kelley on guitar and East LA Rhythm section Jose Medeles and Mando Lopez."
Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[O]ften gorgeous, as Deal's wafting voice strikes upon melodies pretty and eerie."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's an album of many moods and styles, bound together with a gentle sense of triumph as the Deals effortlessly regain their place at the summit of the alt.rock pile."
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