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Bitte Orca

Dirty ProjectorsAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,714 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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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes good strides toward the future of music October 20, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca December 25, 2009
By BK
Format:Audio CD
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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76 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlistenable November 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hip African riffs minus the untidy emotion November 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, these people do know how to create an excellently sticky hook. Bits from the album stick in my mind for days after I have listened to it. The guitarist is quite technically accomplished. He has lifted various riffs with great exactness from various types of African music, but he plays them rather like one of the dudes you find down at Guitar Center - all the speed and flash with none of the feeling. They revel in the "Alterna-crap" silliness, by this I mean they risk no emotion themselves, but merely make an endless ironic commentary on those brave enough to admit to suffering from this unfortunate disease. Protestations of love would not be believed by anyone with a heart, for example "Flourescent Halfdome." This may be their appeal. The male vocalist utterly murders something halfway to a ballad on that song, which may be his intent, it would suit the alterna aversion to risking any sort of emotion or attachment.
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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 7 days 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 1 month 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 10 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 11 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 14 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 21 months ago 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 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitte Orca,Orca Bitte
I'll be Honest. I avoided this album for a long time because I despise hipsters. There I said it. I hate them! Read more
Published on July 26, 2010 by Smoking Ace
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
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