Mountain Battles

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Mountain Battles
Mountain Battles.jpg
Studio album by The Breeders
Released 7 April 2008 (UK)
8 April 2008 (US)
Recorded Electrical Audio, Chicago;
Stagg Street Studio, Van Nuys;
Manny's Studio, Los Angeles;
Refraze Recording Studio, Dayton;
as well as basement recordings
Genre Alternative pop-rock[1]
Length 36:42
Label 4AD
The Breeders chronology
Title TK
(2002)Title TK2002
Mountain Battles
(2008)
Fate to Fatal (EP)
(2009)Fate to Fatal (EP)2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
Mojo 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10[7]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 4/5 stars[10]
Under the Radar 5/10[11]

Mountain Battles is the fourth studio album by the American band the Breeders, released in April 2008. The album was gradually recorded in a number of different locales by engineers including Steve Albini, Erika Larson, Manny Nieto and Ben Mumphrey.

Song development and recording[edit]

The Breeders released their previous album, Title TK, in 2002.[12] The group's line-up then consisted of Kim Deal, her twin sister Kelley Deal, Richard Presley, Mando Lopez, and Jose Medeles;[13] at the time, the group was based in Los Angeles.[12][14] That year, the Deals began demoing songs for the band's next album,[12][15] including "Regalame Esta Noche" and "No Way".[15] Meanwhile, the group went on tour in the United States and Europe.[16] The Deal sisters continued demoing songs the following year.[12] In 2004, Kim Deal's previous band, Pixies, embarked on a reunion tour,[16][17] and Kelley also traveled with the group.[18] While on the tour, the sisters worked on "Walk It Off"[12][15]—footage of them going through the song is included on the Pixies' loudQuietloud DVD.[18] Around this time, Kim and Kelley moved from Los Angeles back to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio,[14] and continued working on new compositions there,[19] including "Bang On" and "Night of Joy", which came about in the spring of 2007.[15] When developing the songs for Mountain Battles, both sisters collaborated on the arrangements.[18][20] Only Kim, who wrote the lyrics, received songwriting credits,[18] although Kelley was accorded some royalties.[18]

During the period of 2002 to 2007—concurrently with the Deals' writing and demoing—the Breeders attended sessions with a number of engineers to record the album.[21] These comprised sessions at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini, and recording in Los Angeles and Dayton locations with engineers including Erika Larsen, Manny Nieto, and Ben Mumphrey.[22] By this time, Presley had left the group to sell luxury cars,[21] so the Breeders consisted of the Deal twins, Lopez, and Medeles.[21][22]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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:[22]

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

Personnel[edit]

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.[22]

Musicians[edit]

  • Kim Deal
  • Kelley Deal
  • Mando Lopez
  • Jose Medeles
  • Steven Medina Hüfsteter – guitar on "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]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Belgian Album Chart 63[23]
French Album Chart 100[24]
UK Album Chart 46[25]
US Billboard 200 98[26]
US Independent Albums 12[27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phares
  2. ^ Mountain Battles by the Breeders: Critic Reviews (Metacritic)
  3. ^ "The Breeders: Mountain Battles Review". Blender: p.77. April 2008. 
  4. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (4 April 2008). "Mountain Battles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mountain Battles Review". Mojo: p.101. April 2008. 
  6. ^ Elan 2008
  7. ^ Berman 2008
  8. ^ "Mountain Battles Review". Q: p.126. May 2008. 
  9. ^ Hermes 2008
  10. ^ Thomas 2008, p. 104
  11. ^ "Mountain Battles Review". Under the Radar: p.74. Spring 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Montgomery 2008
  13. ^ Title TK liner notes
  14. ^ a b Kelley Deal knits up new recording
  15. ^ a b c d duBrowa 2008
  16. ^ a b Erlewine
  17. ^ Pixies to Reunite for Tour - Official!
  18. ^ a b c d e Trucks 2008
  19. ^ Bugg 2008
  20. ^ Wethington 2008
  21. ^ a b c Ganz 2007
  22. ^ a b c d Mountain Battles liner notes
  23. ^ The Breeders: Mountain Battles (Ultratop.be)
  24. ^ The Breeders: Mountain Battles (Lescharts.com)
  25. ^ Breeders: Albums
  26. ^ The Breeders: Top 200
  27. ^ The Breeders: Independent Albums

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