"Bitte Orca has always been one of those albums that sends critics scrambling for elaborate strings of influences and reference points: *rock meets R&B with a helping of African guitar, plus lyrics referencing Nietzsche, the Biblical Song of Solomon, and X and Y and Z*. The impulse is understandable enough, but it risks making Bitte Orca sound like the musical equivalent of a too-clever term paper, when nothing could be further from the truth: as the years pass, and the fog of critical buzzwords fades, it gets easier to see the album as a document of intense emotional yearning."