Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The reason we care is that she retains her spunk, tunes, and way with a phrase. And not only is she talented, she's really cute.
  2. 80
    The album's best cut, 'I Hate People,' is an unexpectedly bubbly May-December duet with Iggy Pop, but all of Break It Up ripples with raw power.
  3. John Eatherly’s almost never in her way, though: she’s pugnacious and razor-sharp right from the outset of this often terrific, and sometimes surprising album.
  4. Faced with a child star's dilemma of symbolizing infinite irresponsibility, Pearl dips into adulthood admirably on Break It Up.
  5. Pearl and Eatherly don't escape their past entirely on Break It Up, but they're well on their way to waving goodbye to it.
  6. The high points of Break It Up scratch the itch the in a way only a Be Your Own Pet album could, which is more or less the best compliment you could pay Break It Up.
  7. Break It Up is more Blondie than Black Flag. [Fall 2009, p.60]
  8. After blowing out of the gate with the blondie-tinted delight 'Ecstatic Appeal,' Pearl ends up coasting on fumes. [Nov 2009, p.114]

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