Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures  |  Adult
Boston  |  Portland  |  Providence
CD Reviews  |  Classical  |  Download  |  Live Reviews  |  Music Features  |  New England Music News

The Breeders

 Mountain Battles | 4AD
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars
A big part of maintaining a lasting, fruitful relationship with the Breeders is acceptance. You’re not going to get too far pining for Josephine Wiggs or Tanya Donnelly or that drummer with the serious tube socks to show up again. By now it’s unrealistic to expect vestigial Pixies characteristics, and it’s downright unfair to demand the same feather-light rasp from Kim Deal’s chimney. In other words, there will be no future Pod, and Last Splash was just that. The uncertainty of sound and spirit that characterized 2002’s Title TK is still palpable — but that’s not to shortchange uncertainty. If anything, this time around, the Breeders sound more comfortable with no prescription (no mean jab intended); when Kim Deal diversifies her portfolio with the Spanish-sung “Regálame Esta Noche,” or the (you guessed it) German-sung “German Studies,” or the ecstatically repetitive opener, “Overglazed,” or the porchy hoedown of “Here No More,” it often amounts to silly, albeit highly satisfying, dabblings. It’s reasonable, given the variety of their back catalogue, to hope that the Breeders never commit to any given motif — but there’s a fine line between a fearless band testing several fresh approaches and a piecemeal album that has you longing for the glories of “Glorious.”
  Topics: CD Reviews , Kim Deal , THE BREEDERS , Tanya Donnelly
  • Share:
  • RSS feed Rss
  • Email this article to a friend Email
  • Print this article Print

election special
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MIXED, NUTS  |  October 15, 2008
    The Mad Decent tour hits Boston
  •   MOLTEN ’CORE  |  October 08, 2008
    The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
  •   GROOP THERAPY  |  October 01, 2008
    Stereolab do it again for the first time
  •   NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK  |  September 23, 2008
    Allow Dear Leader to introduce you
  •   ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES II  |  September 25, 2008
    Edan at Kutshers Country Resort, Monticello, New York, September 19-21, 2008

 See all articles by: MICHAEL BRODEUR

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

Featured Articles in CD Reviews:
Wednesday, October 15, 2008  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2008 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group