Ole! Tarantula - Robyn Hitchcock
Metascore
80

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. Hitchcock has made a return to garage rock not heard since 1989's Queen Elvis.
  3. The quartet captures a harmonic pop mayhem they haven't approached individually with much consistency in the recent past.
  4. It’s a fine record -- one of his better in some time.
  5. It’s the best batch of songs he’s had in a while.
  6. 80
    Terrifically jangling. [#73, p.99]
  7. 70
    His most satisfying album in a decade. [Dec 2006, p.106]
  8. 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]
  9. Olé! Tarantula isn't his best solo record, but it's in the top tier, and after all these years that's certainly something.
  10. If you like catchy guitar pop with imaginative lyrics, Olé! Tarantula deserves a spot on your shelves.
  11. His most conventionally rocking album in aeons. [Nov 2006, p.143]
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Olé! Tarantula delivers the goods: jangly, addictive psychedelic pop of the type Hitchcock mastered with the Soft Boys and the Egyptians.
  15. 80
    [He] gets back to the sweetly twisted folk rock that he does so well. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  16. Unfortunately, the magic of [the] first three songs is never captured again.
  17. 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.
  18. It’s as warm and melodic as the Soft Boys’ Nextdoorland was brittle and jagged.
  19. 80
    One of Hitchcock's very best. [Nov 2006, p.114]

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