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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005KFVR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mask
  2. L.O.S.T.
  3. Howl
  4. Football
  5. Savior
  6. Beat 'Em Up
  7. Talking Snake
  8. The Jerk
  9. Death Is Certain
  10. Go For The Throat
  11. Weasels
  12. Drink New Blood
  13. It's All Shit
  14. Ugliness
  15. V.I.P. (Contains Hidden Track 'Sterility') ()

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.Label: Virgin.Published: 2001/'Recorded and mixed at The Hit Factory Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida..Mast

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He's been dirt, but--even at a ripe old 54--he don't care: so continues the career of punk grandfather Iggy Pop. Beat 'Em Up is a testament to the iron constitution of the truly dedicated hedonist--a caustic grind that spits blood and broken teeth on the idea of growing old gracefully, and sneers at the idea of using three chords when one chord sounds just dirty-fine. The opening "Mask" is a savage attack on "irony in place of balls", a furious Iggy taking pops at "fratboys in their shorts... sensitive smart-alec college graduates... critics fronting frantically in New York City..." and pretty much everyone else under the sun. But while it leads into one of the ex-Stooges' most frantic albums in living memory, all is not well on the quality-control front: representatively grimy blues-squall of "It's All Shit" and the rather self-explanatory "Ugliness" lack the vicious spark of good humour that's the very essence of gold-period Iggy, while the closing monologue of "VIP" ("When I wanna change a lightbulb / I don't do it myself/ I get a technician to do it") just smacks of inarticulately expressed anger . You can't help but think Iggy's heart is in the right place, raging against the shallow nature of celebrity culture; trouble is, Beat 'Em Up sounds like the work of a man that's too bitter for words. --Louis Pattison

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By GOODBYE! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The heading to this review alludes to the lyrical content and fury of the music on this release.

It is a curious album, driven by pounding drums and a heavy, thrashing guitar sound.

This is not one of his better albums and lacks a lot of the thought that went into earlier recordings. Some of the songs stand up reasonably well but the odd track, notably VIP is just awful.

It seems as if he needed a bl**dy good rant about life and this album served as a perfect vehicle for offloading a load of baggage.

Not a bad album but not a great mone either.
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Format: Audio CD
The main problem with this album is that it has too many tracks - if I were issuing it I'd have left half a dozen of them out (some are off-key, some are game but, ultimately, lame efforts), which would have left us with (in my opinion) 45 minutes of back-to-back quality. It has the feel of a live show, which after all is what Iggy's all about. He even saves the best for last - if 'Ugliness' doesn't get the juices flowing then what possibly could? True, as another reviewer pointed out, this LP won't convert any newcomers, but it's the most vital and energized (yes, often the energy is negative!) piece of studio work that Iggy's produced in over two decades. Every time I return to it I'm surprised by the sheer LIFE in this recording.
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By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
On the first cursory listen, I didn't think this album was going to be all that great. However a proper listening revealed it to be a great rock out Iggy CD. Regular guitarist/collaborator Whitey Kirst provides good guitar riffing/noise and Iggy has truckloads of attitude. It's not the best example of his songwriting abilities and isn't likely to win over any new converts, but that's not really the point here, is it? As far as angry sonic rock assault goes, Iggy remains the genuine article. Although previous album "Avenue B" had some good songs and got some acclaim, it's good to see that Iggy isn't afraid to rock out again. It's not a better album than "Avenue B" by any means and is less adventurous but if you prefer crank it up Iggy to mellow reflective Iggy, it's a solid album. "Beat Em Up" also contains a hidden track and is dedicated to the bass player who was sadly a victim of a drive by shooting last year.
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By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Iggy's made some of my favourite records in his time, and this is superficially a pretty blasting modern hard rock album. But, as with most latterday Iggy records including the lacklustre Stooges reunion album, the lyrics just aren't very inspired, and nor are the tunes. Most songs sound like the musicians lost interest after about 20 seconds and the often impressive intros are let down by the rest of the song just going through the motions and failing to do anything interesting. One or two of the hard rock songs are good enough to stand out slightly among the anonymity, and Iggy is in decent voice throughout, but the real standout, and the only track I'd want to hear again, is the deeply cynical but very funny monologue "V.I.P.", wherein he describes what it's like to be a celeb and get the best table in a restaurant when it's already fully booked, etc. etc.
Not his worst album (I'd nominate the very dull "Instinct" for that indignity) but you'd have to be pretty completist to buy this one.
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