- Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 29 reviews
2009 Rank: #9 / 798
USER SCORE
84
Based on
178 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

Over nine indispensable tracks, Bitte Orca forges a more perfect union between eccentricity and accessibility.

92
Pitchfork

Bitte Orca is one of the more purely enjoyable indie-rock records in an awfully long time; remarkable by any means, but even moreso considering the source.

90
Clash

With ‘Bitte Orca’ the artistic potential of David Longstreth is fully realised. A genre-bending feat of studied musicianship, this really is one not to be missed.

90
DIY

When looking at the big picture, it’s still the most inventive and at the same time, provocative album any band has released for a heck of a long time.

89
Paste

One of the most singularly engrossing albums likely to be released this year, a triumph in sustained creative restlessness.

80
AllMusic

David Longstreth isn't quite trying to make things easy for his listeners on Bitte Orca, but there's far too much pleasure in this music for its eccentricities to put off anyone who is open to its gleeful, eclectic, internationalist heart.

70
Beats Per Minute

Longstreth is not a brilliant visionary, but he has created a masterpiece to the extent that he is capable. Bitte Orca is either deliberately frustrating or frustratingly deliberate, but in any case, it’s worth a listen. Or two. Or three.

GPellizzon
85
GEMS: • Cannibal Resource
• Stillness Is The Move
• Useful Chamber
• No Intention
Space Vacation
84
I guess I've always been more accessible to female vocalists but Amber Coffman especially, sounds fucking awesome on this album.
While, I gotta say the male singer doesn't do anything for me... which makes them polarizing.
There is also a lot of beautiful instrumentation worked through out but for the times it tries to be artsy i.e. in "Cannibal Resource" (**which is still a good song, don't bite my face off thx~) it just once again, doesn't leave me with anything.

In short; less ... read more
EMR
83
Dirty Projectors come up with what is probably their sell-out record. Bitte Orca works pretty well not just as a synthesis of all of their qualities and standout sound, but as a great album as well. It has some amazingly fun and diverse compositions with a great production quality and some varied instrumentation that runs throughout its runtime. There are so many goodies about the band in this record that it gets really difficult to summarize, be it from the pop-influences that blend in a very ... read more
SiberianBreaks
86
Dirty Projectors release their breakthrough record. This album shows how these guys are very talented in instrumentation and make some fun and experimental rock songs. It's quite impressive.

Favourite tracks: Cannibal Resource, Temecula Sunrise, Stillness is the Move, Two Doves, Useful Chamber, No Intention
friendlybison
70
A pretty solid adaptation of 2000s experimental rock, but it borrows too heavily from other bands of the time, namely Animal Collective. Yet, it's still an enjoyable experience overall.
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DETAILS

June 9, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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# 5 - A.V. Club
# 39 - Amazon
# 14 - Consequence of Sound
# 15 - Drowned in Sound
# 16 - MOJO
# 15 - musicOMH
# 20 - NME
# 6 - No Ripcord
# 16 - NPR
# 14 - Paste
# 2 - Pitchfork
# 4 - PopMatters
# 4 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 33 - Q Magazine
# 6 - Rolling Stone
# 31 - Spin
# 3 - Stereogum
# 2 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 3 - Uncut
Track List
  1. Cannibal Resource
  2. Temecula Sunrise
  3. The Bride
  4. Stillness Is the Move
  5. Two Doves
  6. Useful Chamber
  7. No Intention
  8. Remade Horizon
  9. Fluorescent Half Dome