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. Dec 18, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. ok this is by far my favorite killers album ever made. even though most of these songs are B-sides or covers every one of them are just amazing works of art. and there is a Sam's town version on this title and it is beautiful and its also my favorite killers song so its great to have this edition. there is also a great Mr.Briteside remix but its more just a distorted version rather that a remix (and I don't see the point) but all of the covers are great and one of my favorites is ruby don't take your love to town. but there are a lot of good ones here too be seen. and tranquilize, all these pretty faces etc. are written great by the killers themselves! ok well this album is a strong well produced album. its a very great buy too:) Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    8
    Another solid album by The Killers. It is about 30 minutes too long but not that irritating by minute 72. The lyrics are stronger than Sam's Town but not Hot Fuss. Tranquilize is a thrilling opener, by the way. Expand
  4. j30
    Dec 1, 2011
    7
    Better than your average b-sides collection from The Killers. The biggest standout for me is the excellent cover of Joy Division's Shadowplay.
  5. Jul 31, 2012
    7
    While no Masterplan, Sawdust is certainly a collection of tracks that contain more hits than misses, with the quality of the second half of the album far outweighing the first. With The Abbey Road recording of 'Sam's Town', 'Daddy's Eyes', and 'Romeo and Juliet' shining through as the stand-out tracks on the album, it makes us wonder how some of these gems weren't included on The Las Vegas group's first two LP's. As much quality as there is however, there are tracks such as 'Where The White Boys Dance', and a rather uninspiring cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay' that reminds us the B-Side, doesn't always necessarily stand for Brightside. Overall, Sawdust is a must have for any die hard Killers fan, and worth at least a listen for the neutral Expand

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