Mountain Battles

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Mountain Battles
Studio album by The Breeders
Released 7 April 2008 (UK)
8 April 2008 (US)
Recorded 2004–2007;
Electrical Audio, Chicago;
Stagg Street Studio, Van Nuys;
Manny's Studio;
Refraze Recording Studio, Dayton;
by Ben Mumphrey in the basement
Genre Alternative pop-rock[1]
Length 36:42
Label 4AD
Producer Steve Albini, Erika Larson, Manny Nieto, Ben Mumphrey
The Breeders chronology
Title TK
Mountain Battles
Fate to Fatal (EP)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (favorable)[2]
NME (8/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone (3.5/5)[5]
Spin (4/5)[6]
The Stranger 4/5 stars[7]
Uncut (favorable)[8]

Mountain Battles is the fourth album from the American alternative rock band The Breeders. The album was released on 7 April 2008 by 4AD in the United Kingdom, and 8 April 2008 in the United States.

Kim and Kelley Deal can be seen writing and recording an early demo for "Walk it Off" in the Pixies reunion documentary loudQUIETloud. In December 2007, Pitchfork Media reported the first details about the album and its release, as well as a track listing. The album was gradually recorded in a number of different locales by engineers including Steve Albini, Erika Larson, Manny Nieto and Ben Mumphrey.

A song from the album, "We're Gonna Rise", was briefly available to listen to on the band's MySpace profile. It was then replaced with another song, "Bang On". Eventually, all of the songs from the album were made available on Myspace.

Mountain Battles entered the UK Album Chart at 46.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kim Deal, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Overglazed"     2:15
2. "Bang On"     2:03
3. "Night of Joy"     3:26
4. "We're Gonna Rise"     3:53
5. "German Studies"     2:16
6. "Spark"     2:39
7. "Istanbul"     2:58
8. "Walk It Off"     2:46
9. "Regalame Esta Noche"   Roberto Cantoral 2:52
10. "Here No More"     2:39
11. "No Way"     2:33
12. "It's the Love"   The Tasties 2:28
13. "Mountain Battles"     3:54

The Japanese release contains the following bonus track:[9]

No. Title Length
14. "German Demonstration"   1:36


The Mountain Battles liner notes list the following personnel who helped make the album; the liner notes do not mention which instruments the Deal sisters, Lopez, and Medeles played.[9]


  • Kim Deal
  • Kelley Deal
  • Mando Lopez
  • Jose Medeles
  • Steven Medina Hüfsteter – "Regalame Esta Noche"
  • Heather Winna – marching cymbals on "Walk It Off"
  • Todd Mund – background vocals on "German Studies"

Engineering and mastering[edit]

Art design[edit]


Chart (2008) Position
Belgian Album Chart 63[10]
French Album Chart 100[11]
UK Album Chart 46[12]
US Billboard 200 98[13]