Ole! Tarantula - Robyn Hitchcock
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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
    [He] gets back to the sweetly twisted folk rock that he does so well. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  3. It's that perfect balance of sadness, vitriol, and absurdity that makes Hitchcock (when he's on) such a legendary social commentator.
  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. Olé! Tarantula... is one of the eccentric singer-songwriter's best in years, mainly because it sounds almost exactly like something he would've recorded two decades ago.
  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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