• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Even at his least inspired he's got these funk-rap-metal boys beat.
  2. Alternative Press
    Other old rockers sound old. Iggy sounds brutal, harsher than last time, louder than ever, a pummeling self-production pocked with magnificent metal dumbness... [Sep 2001, p.88]
  3. His most consistently slamming release since 1990's Brick by Brick.
  4. 70
    It proves to be a violent, uncompromising record throughout...
  5. Q Magazine
    This return to blitzkrieg riffing is closer to nu-metal than old Stooges. [Aug 2001, p.136]
  6. His loudest, most adolescent and downright unwholesome album since the Stooges imploded nearly thirty years ago.
  7. 'Beat 'Em Up' is not shit but ain't exactly loveable either. However, it does confirm that Iggy Pop can still kick up a fuss with the best of them even if the end result isn't as legendary as the man who produced it.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    A major improvement over Avenue B's acoustic midlife crisis, this self-produced disc finds the Ig yelping off the top of his id again. [27 Jul 2001, p.72]
  9. His backing band's heavy-metal veering leans toward the generic. Only the Igster's sometimes fierce (but fading) yowl adds enough soul--and insanity--to make them at least momentarily credible.
  10. Iggy's own production fails to lift it out of the nu-metal quagmire - sometimes the perfectly executed power chords and unimaginative guitar licks feel every bit as raw and dangerous as Bowie's Tin Machine farrago.
  11. The Wire
    Finding Iggy as confused as ever, Beat 'Em up ranks alongside New Values and Blah, Blah, Blah as yet another missed opportunity. (#209, p.60)
  12. It's all third-rate bar band stuff.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jul 26, 2014
    This is an old style, old school Iggy album and just goes to show the old boy can still do it. If you like the roaring, ranting, shoutingThis is an old style, old school Iggy album and just goes to show the old boy can still do it. If you like the roaring, ranting, shouting Iggy of old with a hardcore and heavy driving '70's rock backing, then here you are, this is for you.
    Suck it up like I did.
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  2. wayneh
    Dec 9, 2002
    Iggy's Best recording since Wild America! Very Heavy & Strong and To the Point! That's Iggy at his Best!
  3. Tijger
    Sep 18, 2002
    Power and energy! After Avenue B Iggy let's us hear he still rocks.