Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. May 27, 2011
    90
    Given the sometimes-dodgy, bootleg-quality sound, this set is probably not for the casual Iggy fan, but for anyone who has the albums and wants to recreate the falling-off-the-edge experience of a live concert, Roadkill Rising is a consistently strong set of performances in one handy package.
  2. May 20, 2011
    82
    Despite that odd finale, Roadkill Rising is Pop's best career retrospective to date, and quite possibly the best we can hope for.
  3. Under The Radar
    May 27, 2011
    80
    The collection is a worthy document, covering all the necessary bases, and being comprehensive without exhausting. [May 2011, p.90]
  4. Uncut
    May 23, 2011
    80
    Roadkill Rising, merging generally strong performances with reasonable-quality recordings, manages the thorny task of excerpting some 20-plus concert tapes into a cogent history. [Jun 2011, p.94]
  5. May 20, 2011
    80
    This four-CD live box is so raw that you can almost see the twisting, sinewy torso and smell the sweat and peanut butter, as the sonic levels constantly push into the red.
  6. 80
    His charmingly loony and unpredictable qualities are plenty evident over the course of these five hours of music and often unhinged patter. Sound quality varies of course, with the dodgiest not surprisingly on the late 70s tracks, but when you're dealing with this type of raw power, pristine audio is almost a detriment.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    May 24, 2011
    75
    These four apocalyptic discs show in-concert Iggy excels at unfettered rewrites if standards "Gloria" and "Hang On Sloppy." [27 May 2011, p.79]
  8. May 20, 2011
    72
    The set devotes each of its four discs to performances from a specific decade, but even if you don't think Iggy has produced a front-to-back great album since 1979's New Values, Roadkill Rising is still worth your time.
  9. May 20, 2011
    70
    Few artists have more dodgy-sounding live bootlegs on the market than Iggy Pop. Thankfully, Iggy himself sorted through three decades of tapes to assemble this killer four-disc package.
  10. Jul 28, 2011
    67
    Over the four decades sequenced chronologically, Iggy morphs through myriad phases, and Roadkill Rising missteps in granting each equal footing.

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