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Mountain Battles

The BreedersAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad Records
  • ASIN: B00133FBDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. Overglazed
2. Bang On
3. Night Of Joy
4. We're Gonna Rise
5. German Studies
6. Spark
7. Istanbul
8. Walk It Off
9. Regalame Esta Noche
10. Here No More
11. No Way
12. It's The Love
13. Mountain Battles

Editorial Reviews

Their first album since 2002's "Title TK". By turns goofy, groovy, melancholy, strung-out, catchy, atmospheric, and at times, impossibly lovely, "Mountain Battles" underlines that Kim Deal is a songwriter and musician of rare intuition. Her songs move from offhand charm to emotional truth with casual grace, balancing scuffed-up noise against fraught silence; timeless structures against strange new shapes. And throughout is Kim's unique voice - languid, urgent, bruised, and beautiful. "Mountain Battles" captures all the bittersweet electricity of classic Breeders records like "Pod" and "Last Splash", and still manages to break new ground. Deluxe 28-page booklet with both formats. Look for appearances at SXSW, Coachella, and Bonnaroo, and a national tour upon release, followed by a fall tour.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect April 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think I am going to have to buck the general opinion here in terms of this being an album that has to grow on you after a few listens. I liked it right off the bat, and I was surprised, due to the fact that I was prepared to share similar sentiments to other reviews. (That'll teach me to listen to reviews.) To me, Mountain Battles seems like a natural progression from Title TK, which, up until this one, has been my favorite of the Breeders' albums.

Far more introspective and moody than previous albums, the songs have some beautiful chord progressions, and Kim and Kelley's vocals have a wonderful, haunting quality.

Kim Deal has always done a bang up job of never repeating herself. From Pod, to Last Splash, to Pacer, to Title TK, and now Mountain Battles, each work stands on its own. In an industry where musicians sometimes strive to recapture past successes by recycling their sound, only to have it end up homogenized and bereft of character and texture, Kim acknowledges her past triumphs but moves forward. She's never tried to make another "Cannonball" and I, for one, am eternally grateful.

As of now, my current favorite is "German Studies", with "Night of Joy" a close second. However, I seem to have a bad habit with Breeders' albums (as well as The Amps' Pacer, and the two Kelley Deal 6000 albums) of getting a new favorite every week, until I go through all of the songs, so that is subject to change, depending on what time it is.

It was well worth the six year wait.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great follow-up to Title TK April 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I hate to say this, but I think this album might be a bit of a "grower". Upon first listen, this album did not strike my in the same way the first two Breeders albums, Pod & Last Splash, did. The recording seemed sort of flat, as another reviewer mentioned. However, I have just finished my sixth or seventh time all the way through and it really starts to open up.

Five stars to high? Well, first I think it is important that this is not early 90s Breeders but 21st century Breeders. This album is a definite improvement over "Title TK" (which I also liked). It is more concise and has some catchier songs.

Favorite jams here: Overglazed, Night of Joy, Walk It Off, It's the Love, etc.

In fact, the only song on here I do not like is the one sung in Spanish. The music is good and actually reminds me of the Pixies in some way but the vocals seem a bit awkward.

Overall, I definitely like this record and think it is a great addition to the already great Breeders catalog. I am definitely looking forward to seeing them on their upcoming tour!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To all you Breeders will soon be addicted. April 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this CD I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I thought it might be a little too experimental for my tastes. (I felt that way with Title TK too and soon after couldn't get enough of it and still can't) But, the second time around I really started getting into it. To me it sounds like a perfect mix of Pod and Title TK. If you are a true Breeders fan, you will love it. My advice is before you form your opinion, listen to it at least 2 or 3 times. Best songs on the album in my opinion are Overglazed, Walk it Off, German Studies, No Way, It's the Love. Now after listening to it about 7 times I am addicted....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars always genuine, and a little weird in the good way April 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Mountain Battles takes you places. It's not an easy journey to make in small steps (so I wouldn't rely on short samples to get there). It seeps in with repeated listens over time.

I've found that there's pretty much a track for any mood on the record. I might jump in a soft spot like "Night of Joy" to color a quiet moment. Reflect on life and stuff.

Looking for a boost, I'd skip to "Walk It Off" - as hook-laden and bright as anything in the Breeders catalogue.

Up-tempo or down, it's solid.

Every single track has a decided vibe, with little details that creep out of the corners and tease playfully. It's always genuine, and a little weird in the good way.

No matter where I jump in, I always stick around for the rest of the short ride that is Mountain Battles.

It's like a whole lifetime was crammed in there, and it whets the appetite for more.

If you love The Breeders work, the lot of it, not just a single -- you'll very likely love this album. Give it a bit of attention, it will offer reward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this one June 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have to say, I agree with some previous reviews that liked this right from the start. I'm a long time fan, and while this collection maybe isn't quite as blatantly catchy, or "hooky", it is low fi, has a great gritty feel to it, and I identify with it. My only critique is that it winds up feeling a little similar after while, but the ultimate tes is whether you go back and keep playing an album or cd, and this passes the test. I'm looking forward to seeing them live this month, and I think this release will bring fans close to them in that type of setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise! May 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep it short and sweet - I truly think this is easily their second best CD ever. I don't think they'll ever top "Last Splash", but I enjoy this one better than all of the rest. It did take me 2-3 or three listens to get into it too for some reason, but I'm glad I did get into it finally.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Some of this album reminds me of the Pixies. Good music, good times. Absolutely great music from the Deal sisters.
Published 15 months ago by betsybeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Delivers
Having been a KimDeal fan since ThePixies (check 'em out) I've followed TheBreeders.....thru TheAmps.....and back to TheBreeders again. KimDeal has always done it for me..... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Franklin5ive
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, man, it's good.
Ah, Kim Deal. Don't you love her voice? This album has a good mix of bouncy, go lucky songs, and trancy, atmospheric. Read more
Published on March 21, 2009 by Micheal Tyler
3.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Spark May Be Gone, But There's Some Good Stuff Here
The Breeders - Mountain Battles (2008)

Singer, guitarist and head Breeder Kim Deal in interviews has expressed a fear of sucking since going clean off drugs. Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by Rich Latta
2.0 out of 5 stars A shallow indulgance
Disappointing release from the once vibrant Deal sisters continues a sludgy songwriting decline found on their last "comeback" Title TK. Read more
Published on September 12, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Breeders album to add to the collection
So when my wife picked up the new Breeders album I thought to myself, "Title TK was good but I really don't think they can do it again. Read more
Published on August 6, 2008 by Tyler Swagger
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep listening
Mountain Battles is a great follow up album by the Breeders. It has been 14 years since we've heard their most popular album, Last Splash (93-94). Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by H. Halverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me hungry for more... That's a GOOD thing!
Like many people, I've been a Breeders fan since I heard Canonball.
I always thought Last Splash was a great album. Then I heard Pod, which just hit me as a classic! Read more
Published on May 15, 2008 by Benjamin Stouffs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulosisimo
I am so stoked about Mountain Battles. The music is better than I could have hoped. I know this is crazy but I put off buying Last Splash for some reason and then realized a few... Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by yesmaam
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 yrs too late, but i'm still happy!
the deal sisters do it again. such restrained beauty and lyricism.

they combine some elements from TITLE TK -- the restraint and spareness, the abilty to make important... Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by M. Beck
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