- Bitte Orca

Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 29 reviews
2009 Rank: #8 / 804
USER SCORE
85
Based on
208 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.

100
Consequence of Sound

From its sharp cover to the very last note, the record never hits a dull moment ... In the end, I’d be shocked if there were a better album to come out this year.

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.

JFulfy
97
The mix between the two voices, and the diversity is impeccable.
BuffaloStaple
83
I've had this on repeat for the past few days and i'm really enjoying it! The vocals are pretty great for the most part, but it's the way the very layered and detailed instrumentation all comes together on a lot of these tracks, as well as the way it evolves as these tracks progress, that really seals the deal for me and makes this album so good. It's a very likeable album, the only track i'm not really sold on would be track 2, not keen on the way this song is structured and the hook isn't ... read more
pouls
80
The intro track reminds me of the Jackass theme for whatever reason. And I like that.
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
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 5 - A.V. Club
# 39 - Amazon
# 23 - Beats Per Minute
# 13 - Cokemachineglow
# 24 - Complex
# 14 - Consequence of Sound
# 15 - Drowned in Sound
# 18 - FACT Magazine
# 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
# 3 - The Line of Best Fit
# 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