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  • Summary: The veteran musician is backed by REM and/or Minus 5 members Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin (together, the Venus 3) on his first release since 2004's 'Spooked.'
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  1. It’s as warm and melodic as the Soft Boys’ Nextdoorland was brittle and jagged.
  2. 80
    Terrifically jangling. [#73, p.99]
  3. Olé! Tarantula delivers the goods: jangly, addictive psychedelic pop of the type Hitchcock mastered with the Soft Boys and the Egyptians.
  4. Olé! Tarantula isn't his best solo record, but it's in the top tier, and after all these years that's certainly something.
  5. It’s a fine record -- one of his better in some time.
  6. Unfortunately, the magic of [the] first three songs is never captured again.
  7. Hitchcock returns to his trademark: arpeggiated guitars swirling around hyperactive basslines with whimsical lyrics cloaked in harmony that turn dark without warning. [Oct 2006, p.76]

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