After spending the week listening to "Mountain Battles" on repeat - I was in Dayton, OH after all, so it only seemed fitting - any uncertainty about it's brilliance has totally disappeared. Kim Deal has, once again, made a masterpiece. Bravo.
Of course, if you asked me to rank it in terms of the other albums, I'd never be able to do it. They're all five star, absolutely essential listens. So there.