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  • Summary: The collection of b-sides and remixes also features Lou Reed on one track.

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Tranquilize
Time it tells, living in my hometown Wedding bells, they begin easy Live it down, baby don't talk that much Baby knows that baby don't tease me In... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. While it doesn't have the cohesive impact of "Hot Fuss" or "Sam's Town," it's an appealing set that brings a bit more breadth and depth to the group's catalog.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    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. The tunes don’t vary much from the originals, but the band renders them with vigor and style.
  5. The cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay' should have stayed in the vaults, but it's hard to deny Brandon Flowers' melodic gifts.
  6. Sawdust reveals a band with a healthy blueprint for success, sure, but "The Masterplan" it ain't.
  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: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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 theVery 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 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. Dec 26, 2017
    10
    If some of these songs were put onto an actual album, I think it would have been a huge success. These B-Sides are worthy single cuts, songsIf some of these songs were put onto an actual album, I think it would have been a huge success. These B-Sides are worthy single cuts, songs like Tranquilize, Sweet Talk, and Move Away are just some of the real heavy hitters. Another huge success on the Killers side, but unfortunately their last great attempt at writing truly amazing music. Expand
  4. 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 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
  5. 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'sAnother 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
  6. 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 ofWhile 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
  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 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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