A decade after its release, the Breeders' fourth album sounds as fresh and eclectic as ever. Kim and Kelley Deal spend Mountain Battles making whatever kind of music they want, whether it's slow-dance Latin pop, stark country ballads, or towering psych-rock. Even if many of its songs feel open-ended and sometimes downright elusive, the album's ebb and flow remains fascinating.
The group bowed out the earliest phase of its existence with another collection of blink-and-you'll-miss-it songs about life, love, girls, losers, and, of course, food. Starting with the classic rip-and-riff of "Myage," the four-piece pureed everything it loved -- pop hooks, punk and hardcore thrash -- and came up with an unpretentious, catchy winner.