The Breeders, Mountain Battles (2008)
I tell you, I’m quite excited about the 20th anniversary edition reissue of The Last Splash. I like Pod too but The Last Splash was really what got me into The Breeders. I had the tape. I learned to play Cannonball on the drums – because everyone thought the bits where the sticks were clicking on the rims/stands was so so cool. I was convinced that Driving On 9 would be a great song to cover. No band I played in ever covered it. But The Last Splash and Pacer by The Amps are the two great post-Pixies albums by Kim Deal. For me, anyway. And though I liked Title TK too, and Mountain Battles, it was really only the first two Breeders albums that anyone cared about, right? I know I’m not alone there. Nothing too revelatory or controversial in that opinion. Well, thing is, I’ve had a copy of Mountain Battles – sealed – since it was released. I was given it. And I just never got around to opening it. I actually told someone, just recently, that I had a sealed copy of Title TK – that’s how not-on-the-ball I was. Wrong album. But that comment, itself triggered by the Last Splash reissue, had me opening – and playing – Mountain Battles. My first time listening to the record since the last time The Breeders played here (I did an all-nighter, writing a week’s worth of blog-posts after, before a holiday to Queensland – and I had to review the gig as well, then it was off to sleep on the plane). And it’s a good record. A really good record. Okay, each side has a few songs that stumble slightly, it’s closer in sound, somehow (not as if it matters, ultimately) to The Amps than The Breeders – but it’s good. Really good. Pleased to have it. Lovely book that comes with the LP too. So, that’s a bonus.
Sample Track: Overglazed
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