Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2009 Ratings: #14 / 867
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
Based on 350 ratings
2009 Ratings: #20
Liked by 6 people
June 9, 2009 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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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.

Tielur
88
2009 was made up of a lot of colorful indie pop that just shut out the 2010s on a happy note. Dirty Projects last album of the decade served as a kaleidoscope of color with an array of creative ideas within the musical performances.
matscomh
86
they really did that
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
Hayden7575
90
Bitte Orca’s wholly original take on indie rock is an absolute joy from start to finish. It focuses more on incorporating a wide array of influences and sounds rather than lyrical density, while still delivering memorable and meaningful verses. This does cause a slight lack of distinction between tracks upon revisit, but as a whole, it’s a somewhat melancholy, but beautifully poetic experience.

The tracks added with the Expanded Edition are harmless enough; they put a damper on the ... read more
Houdanny
58
So uhh, unpopular opinion? This is unique, and pleasant enough, but lacking anything truly memorable or interesting as far as alt-pop goes. Really fail to see what merits the praise, even after a few listens.

Standout: Useful Chamber
Favs: No Intention, Cannibal Resource
Least fav: Remade Horizon
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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

 

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