Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2009 Ratings: #11 / 899
Year End Rank: #5
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Based on 471 ratings
2009 Ratings: #30
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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.


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.

A.V. Club

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


Dirty Projectors' most well known album, Bitte Orca and often known as one of there better records as well it a beautifully mix of that late 00's indie pop with elements of art pop and progressive pop for a complex nature of these genre mixed with the playful sound of the era makes for not only a compelling listen but one which comes of as fun and lighthearted.

Track Review

Cannibal Resource 8.5/10.
Temecula Sunrise 8/10
The Bride 7.5/10.
Stillness Is the Move 9/10
Two Doves 8.5/10.
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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


At first my impression was that they were just gimmicky for the sake of it, but for some reason this album stuck with me and the more I listened to it, the more I liked it. They became my favorite band and definitely were one of my top influences ever. My best friend who I used to do music with, who I've known since we were kids, who I was in a band with for two years said my music sounds a lot like Dirty Projectors. I haven't listened to them that much since the couple of years after this ... read more


The overall quirkiness and eccentricity of Bitte Orca ends up to be its biggest gift and the curse. It's a solid album, full of intriguing ideas, I just wish the execution was a little better. Balancing on the line between artsy experimental rock and pop, I feel like Dirty Projectors wanted to do too much with this album.


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