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Bitte Orca

Dirty ProjectorsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Over three full lengths, an EP, and five different live bands in four years, David Longstreth has created in Dirty Projectors a body of music of original and variegated beauty. The breadth of his talents as a songwriter, arranger, bandleader and singer call to mind Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Bjork. His constantly evolving sound -- both live and on record -- the sheer intensity of the music, ... Read more in Amazon's Dirty Projectors Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B0026T4RTI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,590 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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes good strides toward the future of music 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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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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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77 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlistenable 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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars i love it, but i'm also pretty sure that i hate it. March 22, 2010
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having heard some flap about this band (dirty projectors) for a while now, i decided this CD was a safe yard sale purchase at 50 cents.

as a rule, i tend to gravitate toward the difficult and borderline unlistenable, musically. an early-teen discovery of the Residents and Frank Zappa on a long-defunct late night cable tv show in the early 80s (RIP, USA network's Night Flight) was the gateway drug to No Wave, Industrial (when the term still meant something), 20th century avant-garde composers and, ultimately, the pure freakout of the Ruins, Boredoms and the Osaka scene.

so i'm no stranger to the weird stuff.

BUT: the weird stuff has to have a soul.

'bitte orca' comes close - sometimes very very close - to being a great record. musically, it's fantastic. tight, intricate, catchy and non-repetitive, exceptionally well played and smoothly produced. the guitar work is refreshing and technically very proficient, reminding me of both robert fripp and post-Henry Cow fred frith - pretty high praise! the female vocals are something i feel all the way to the soles of my feet - very stirring. the west African flavors, when they appear, are well integrated and flow smoothly. and i've always had a weak spot for a well-placed string section.

the consistent deal breaker, though, is the male vocal. warbling, self-important, far too loud in the mix, twittering its big words seemingly just because they're big, or because the vocalist is in love with his own voice. unpardonable. like a male mariah carey without ... well, without whatever it is about mariah carey that makes people appreciate her. i have no idea what that is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
this album is the best album that dirty projectors have made, be prepared to be taken on a wild and enjoyable ride
Published 6 months ago by murderface
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitte Orca
The album sounds like an obscured R n' B with a touch of voices culminating like a traffic jam yet the album sounds good and fresh to date. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gregorius
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
great cd!!! couldn't be more thrilled with this cd and got it at a great deal! thanks again! great find!
Published 16 months ago by Krystal
5.0 out of 5 stars More like this, bitte
I became a fan of the dirty Projectors only a couple of years ago, and this was the first of their albums I bought. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jacques Talbot
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth listening to
Dave Longstreth may be a musical genius. This is unique music, and may be an acquired taste. Beautiful harmonies mixed with often disjointed rhythms. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars worth your $2.99
There is some justice that this album is now selling for bargain-basement prices: Pitchfork will never give another DL production >7.5, I wager. Live by the fickle muse, etc. Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Buddy Iodine
1.0 out of 5 stars The defining album of our generation, sgt pepper of our time
This is like the weirdest and most genius band in the world. David Longstreth is a misunderstood avant-garde intellectual and will be etched into the annals of history with Bach,... Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't quit your day job either
Hoop to goo! I was terrified of the arbitrary albatross, so I (TRANSITION DELETED) invested in habitual nuns and went on narwhal hunts, by which I mean I think I was seeing... Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by Automated Message
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, artsy pop
This is my first Dirty Projectors album. It is unique but very listenable. The rhythms and harmonies are complex. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Amy Darrah
1.0 out of 5 stars Hipster Crap - Tight pants must be blocking off bloodflow to the brain
This is about as pretentious as any musical adventure I have heard. It is entirely self conscious, insipidly pandering, and musical nonsense. Read more
Published on March 18, 2010 by L. Netter
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