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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B0026T4RTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

The follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed and Domino debut "Rise Above". Their fifth release is a big rock album by design. Its idiosyncratic and sincere take on popular music is reminiscent of David Byrne with whom Dirty Projectors collaborated on "Knotty Pine" for the 2009 compilation "Dark Was The Night". In many ways, group leader David Longstreth could be seen as this generation's answer to Byrne, a distinctive torchbearer of labyrinthine song arrangements that go down easy.

Customer Reviews

Almost every track is superb. the changes in rhythm patterns are amazing.
carlos
I don't think that I would usually be into a band like the Dirty Projectors, but for some reason I found myself really liking this album.
M. Mosconi
These components together challenge many ingrained concepts of music, and it makes it extremely interesting to truly listen to.
C. Bradley

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Dennis Goodwin Jr. on June 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you've been turned off by the Dirty Projectors in the past because they were either too intricate, too nonsensical, or too pretentious, then I think you will love this album. Every song is unique and well arranged and, although much more straightforward than past albums, still keeps some of the jazzy mathiness that old fans will love. The vocals have reached a new high with impressive three-part female harmonies complementing Dave Longstreth's angular, rhythmic singing. Highly recommended; I just keep coming back for more, even after weeks of listens, and that doesn't happen often for me.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Bradley on October 20, 2009
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Bitte Orca is very likely to appear in the top albums of 2009. I agree.

The album presents many musical concepts that are innovative, creative, and catchy. For instance, guitar riffs are very rarely trite or predictable. Melodies are very rarely structured so that the listener is able to hum them after only a listen or two. Meter is unpredictable and yet extremely interesting with all of its syncopation and surprises. Familiar harmonic structure is sparse and creates a very disconnected feel in almost every track. These components together challenge many ingrained concepts of music, and it makes it extremely interesting to truly listen to. Because of these challenges that it presents I do believe it is making strides to creating new styles, encouraging creativity, etc., and deserves to be recognized as one of the best albums of 2009.

However, because the album presents so many complex ideas and so many changes in meter and structure so rapidly it is not likely to become one of the most coherent albums of all time. Like Radiohead, Dirty Projectors present so many new concepts and challenges to what is expected that often the coherency of the ideas, melodies, and lyrics are difficult to perceive (not impossible, just difficult). I believe that like Radiohead, many bands will benefit from taking examples from Dirty Projectors and will most likely become more successful than their predecessors when the original ideas are watered down for mainstream music.
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77 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Christine on November 15, 2009
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After seeing this album get nearly universal acclaim from the critics, I figured it was worth listening to to see what the fuss was about. So I gave it a full listen, expecting to find it at least somewhat enjoyable. Unfortunately, I found it totally unappealing and actually very annoying. It is definitely true that the songs on the album are inventive and experimental, and if you're mostly just looking for something different, you might like this. But for me, the aesthetic doesn't work at all.

David Longstreth takes a kitchen sink approach to production, throwing in what sounds like every possible thing he can think of. He seems to be trying very hard to make the songs interesting to listen to, incorporating multiple vocalists who sing in different styles all at once, unusual rhythmic variations against a standard melodic line, and all sorts of other things floating around all over the place. While, in theory, that could sound pretty cool, what this results in here is sort of the sonic equivalent of taking tofu fried in soybean oil, covering that with marinara sauce, slicing in some kiwi, drizzling some truffle oil over all that, and then adding a few dashes of fish sauce and a cup of cold chocolate milk.

Even "Stillness is the Move," the song on the album that most resembles a single, suffers from an overall sense of clutter and sloppiness. While the female singers give a strong performance, there is just too much going on, and the mix of all that is too raw and unfocused for the song to ever truly gel.

My musical tastes in general tend to veer towards the alternative and odd, but this album just doesn't work for me at all. Clearly some people do seem to love it, so if you too are intrigued by the amazing reviews this often gets, try to preview some full songs before buying the whole thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BK on December 25, 2009
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Dave Longstreth is his generation's Captain Beefheart. He combines "normal" musical sounds with drastic, sometimes jarring, rhythmic and sonic changes. BITTE ORCA is the first Dirty Projectors album that I've heard and I must say that it is one of the most unique albums I found all year. Recommended if you like Dear Science by TV on the Radio, Actor by St. Vincent, or Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WW85 on March 8, 2010
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Although I like a lot of alt music- Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Fever Ray etc., Dirty Projectors took a lot more work. Someone sent me their previously best known song like 2 years ago, (Rise Above) and I couldn't stand it.

When "Stillness is the Move" became "the" single from Bitte Orca, I was like, here we go again. But as 2009 wore on, as the good reviews piled up, and as I saw them play Cannibal Resource on late night TV, I started listening to them in a little different light.

By the end of the year, it was the album I went back to more and more and could stand up to serious airplane listening. Sure it's complex. No it's not for everyone. But it's accomplished and totally awesome if you listen. Or better yet, see them live. Watching the Roots freak out over them on Fallon a few months ago was nice. You see, the complexity of their sound tends to blow people away in person when they realize those are real people making all that music.

David Longstreth is not your average composer, arranger or vocalist. Nor is he your average guitarist- the album has the best power riffs on any alt album I've heard in years. (Power chords probably not the right word)

Great, great album. And recently, "Rise Above" came on unexpectedly at a party. What an AMAZING song...
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