AOTY 2019
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2009 Ratings: #14 / 851
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
Based on 300 ratings
2009 Ratings: #15
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.

KengojiUltamYT
82
The only Dirty Projectors album where David Longstreth didn't butt-chug a gallon of glitter and shit it out at Mach speed
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
JFulfy
97
The mix between the two voices, and the diversity is impeccable.
10
Almighty God, why is this so bad? It's literally painful to listen to.
AndrewMoore
100
Beat it Merriweather. This is the best album of 2009.
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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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