AOTY 2017
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2009 Ratings: #7 / 807
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
Based on 232 ratings
2009 Ratings: #9
Your Review

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.

Apr 18, 2014
JFulfy
97
The mix between the two voices, and the diversity is impeccable.
Jul 7, 2017
92
Every single song on here is great, and each one is great for a different reason. It's smart, catchy, progressive, virtuosic -- a quintessential indie album in so many ways.
Jun 27, 2017
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Temecula Sunrise, Stillness Is the Move
Apr 30, 2017
78
Canciones Favoritas:Temecula Sunrise, Two Doves, Useful Chamber
Feb 22, 2017
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
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