The Breeders - Mountain Battles (2 stars)

The Breeders



It’s been six years since The Breeders released the raw, loose and intimate Title TK, which makes you wonder what the hell Kim Deal and co have been doing in that time? Maybe she’s been distracted by the Pixies reformation, but Mountain Battles sounds completely half-baked, half-arsed and poorly executed. It’s admittedly more eclectic than its single-minded predecessor, but variety isn’t necessarily the spice of life here, and the general lethargy of tracks like ‘Spark’ and ‘Istanbul’ spreads throughout the record. Genuine inspiration can be glimpsed occasionally – the sweet country harmonies of ‘Here No More’ for example – but its rarer than hen’s teeth.

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