Slaves' Graves and Ballads

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Slaves' Graves & Ballads
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Studio album by Dirty Projectors
Released 2004
Recorded 2002
Genre Indie rock
Length 39:25
Label Western Vinyl
Producer David Longstreth
Dirty Projectors chronology
Morning Better Last!
(2003)Morning Better Last!2003
Slaves' Graves & Ballads
The Getty Address
(2005)The Getty Address2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10) [2]

Slaves' Graves & Ballads is the third album by American experimental rock band Dirty Projectors. It is a combination of two different recordings entitled Slaves' Graves and Ballads, hence the name of the LP combination of the two. The two sessions have drastically different sounds: the first features frontman and guitarist David Longstreth accompanied by a chamber orchestra called The Orchestral Society for the Preservation of the Orchestra; the second features Dave and his guitar recorded by Adam Forkner. On this release tracks 1-7 includes the Slaves' Graves songs while tracks 8-14 constitutes Ballads.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Longstreth.

No. Title Length
1. "Somberly, Kimberly" 1:22
2. "On the Beach" 3:40
3. "(Throw On) The Hazard Lights" 4:11
4. "Slaves' Graves" 3:03
5. "Grandfather's Hanging" 3:31
6. "We Are Swaddled" 1:25
7. "Hazard Lights (Reprise)" 2:02
8. "A Labor More Restful" 3:41
9. "Unmoved" 3:01
10. "Ladies, You Have Exiled Me" 2:54
11. "Because Your Light Is Turning Green" 3:15
12. "Obscure Wisdom" 1:34
13. "This Weather" 2:27
14. "Since I Opened" 3:19
Total length: 39:25
  • Tracks 1-7 recorded in Dwight Chapel, New Haven, CT in December 2002.
  • Tracks 8-14 recorded at Dub Narcotic Studios, Olympia, WA and Southbury, CT between July and August 2002.
  • Tracks 4-6 form one continuous suite of songs.