The Killers – Sawdust

November 14, 2007

Sawdust is a hit and miss collection of unreleased tracks, B sides, covers and new material from Las Vegas based band the Killers, which is probably par for the course for any album like this. That said, there are more hits than misses among the 17 tracks collected here, including the first two tracks, one a collaboration with Lou Reed called “Tranquilizer” and another a Joy Division cover, “Shadowplay.” I also liked “Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf,” one of the rare rock songs that tackle adult themes, and “Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll.” Overall, the songs here find the Killers in a somewhat quieter mood, for them anyway: The songs feel, well, calmer, and they fare pretty well in this mode, as opposed to the big, epic mode one usually hears them in. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone as an entry point to their work, but fans will definitely find lots to like here, and overall, it’s a good listen.


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