• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's that perfect balance of sadness, vitriol, and absurdity that makes Hitchcock (when he's on) such a legendary social commentator.
  2. If you like catchy guitar pop with imaginative lyrics, Olé! Tarantula deserves a spot on your shelves.
  3. Olé! Tarantula isn't his best solo record, but it's in the top tier, and after all these years that's certainly something.
  4. Uncut
    One of Hitchcock's very best. [Nov 2006, p.114]
  5. Q Magazine
    His most conventionally rocking album in aeons. [Nov 2006, p.143]
  6. Mojo
    His most satisfying album in a decade. [Dec 2006, p.106]
  7. Hitchcock has a knockout gift for Beatlesque melodicism, and the Venus 3 rev it up here with a beat-combo drive and star-shine twang that sound like Murmur in space.
  8. 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.
  9. Spin
    [He] gets back to the sweetly twisted folk rock that he does so well. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  10. Paste Magazine
    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]
  11. Olé! Tarantula delivers the goods: jangly, addictive psychedelic pop of the type Hitchcock mastered with the Soft Boys and the Egyptians.
  12. Magnet
    Terrifically jangling. [#73, p.99]
  13. The quartet captures a harmonic pop mayhem they haven't approached individually with much consistency in the recent past.
  14. It’s a fine record -- one of his better in some time.
  15. Unfortunately, the magic of [the] first three songs is never captured again.
  16. It’s the best batch of songs he’s had in a while.
  17. It’s as warm and melodic as the Soft Boys’ Nextdoorland was brittle and jagged.
  18. The best Hitchcock album of the new millennium: Less insistently jagged and catchy, but with a bit of sting wrapped in its more tasteful arrangements.
  19. Hitchcock has made a return to garage rock not heard since 1989's Queen Elvis.

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