Sawdust - The Killers
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  • Summary: The collection of b-sides and remixes also features Lou Reed on one track.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 80
    A collection that aims to sweep up the moments when the spotlight isn't on, Sawdust, therefore, might just be their defining document [Jan 2008, p.91]
  2. Like the band itself, Sawdust is erratic, though at times, gratifyingly great. [30 Nov 2007, p.131]
  3. Some of Sawdust's best moments are "Sam's Town" rejects that sound like they were discarded for sounding too much like "Hot Fuss."
  4. Sawdust will still fill in the void for fans--to which the album is dedicated, natch--while they wait for a new LP.
  5. Sawdust does indeed contain some moments of grand pomp, but its scattershot nature works against the band as it winds up emphasizing the lingering question from "Sam's Town," that the group has a hell of a lot of ideas but they just don't know what the hell to do with them.
  6. The cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay' should have stayed in the vaults, but it's hard to deny Brandon Flowers' melodic gifts.
  7. Sawdust is an interesting look at other aspects of the Killers’ sound, but as a standalone disc, it’s largely hit-or-miss.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    Very good for a b-sides album , there's some real gems like Tranquilize , All The Pretty Faces , Sweet Talk , Under The Gun and the Mr.Brightside remix and alot of other good tracks too but inevitably on a 18 track b side album there are some weaker tracks too. Expand
  2. Pahlo
    Nov 24, 2007
    10
    I'm generally not a huge fan of compilation albums, whether its best of albums (useless) or b-side collections (oftened sounding scattered), they're usually quite boring. Sawdust, however, is a very good compilation from The Killers. I've been waiting for them to record Shadowplay which they've been playing live for quite a while now. other covers include Romeo and Juliet and Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town. the rest are b-sides, unreleased/new tracks and remixes/live recordings. especially two unreleased tracks, Leave the Bourbon from Hot Fuss era, and Sweet Talk from Sams Town sessions were real gems. this is a definite buy for any Killers fan. Expand
  3. LiciM.
    Dec 11, 2007
    10
    Releasing the B-sides in a collection was a great way to get the songs to the fans who don't have the opportunities to purchase all of the singles individually. Tranquilize is another one that highlights Brandon's song-writing talent and the Abbey Road Sam's Town version also shows his awesome talent on the keyboard. My Boys give yet another treasure of timeless tunes! Expand
  4. GRange
    Nov 16, 2007
    8
    Good for a b-sides release, the few new songs provided here are actually quite good. Tranquilize is a good song and it's nice to hear Lou Reed on he radio again. Expand
  5. MusicM.
    Nov 29, 2007
    8
    If you like the Killers, you should definitely pick this up. If not, this isn't going to change your mind. The quality varies widely, as one might expect on a b-sides collection, but there are many songs that compare favorably with their biggest hits. Many of them date back to the Hot Fuss sessions (although some have been re-recorded). In addition, they cover artists as diverse as Joy Division, Dire Straits, and Kenny Rogers. They even bring in Lou Reed as a guest on the leadoff track. All in all, a treat for fans. Expand
  6. MichaelS
    Nov 26, 2007
    8
    Good album until we get the latest and greatest. Hot Fuss is a 9 and Sam's Town is a 10. Sam's Town does not get the credit it deserves but there is not one bad song on that album. In fact they are mostly phenomenal. Fans would appreciate the genius of Sam's Town by downloading the album into their Ipod and walking the streets of New York. Expand
  7. MarcinK.
    Nov 25, 2007
    5
    This album wasn't bad, but it wasn't worth buying. The best songs were previously released on Sam's Town or Hot Fuss. I was disappointed. Expand

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