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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: The Killers / Audio CD released 2007-12-07 at Island

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      21.04.2012 11:46
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      Some interesting tracks on here if you like the band's other stuff

      Sawdust, released by The Killers in 2007 after their first two albums Hot Fuss and Sam's Town, isn't really a 'proper' album as such. It is a collection of B sides, unreleased material, covers, remixes and live versions spanning their career up to this point. It does seem slightly strange to make an album like this after only two studio albums, though for the first third of the album at least, it does work. The tracks are a mixture of the British-influenced indie rock of Hot Fuss and the American-style rock of Sam's Town. Opener Tranquilize, which features legend Lou Reed on vocals, and catchy rock song Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf are highlights and could easily have appeared on one of the main albums. The Joy Division cover Shadowplay is also good (though I've never heard the original). I have never been keen on Where the White Boys Dance for some reason (it also appeared on Sam's Town) and I don't like it any better here.

      After this point, things generally aren't so good. Re-recordings of Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll from and Change Your Mind from Hot Fuss seems pretty pointless. Move Away has some fine moments but Show You How is a bit dull. Who Let You Go? wants to be anthemic but fails, and The Ballad of Michael Valentine is largely forgettable, though Daddy's Eyes is a marginal improvement.

      Towards the end of the album we get two covers: Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (by Kenny Rogers) and Romeo and Juliet (by Dire Straits). I've never heard the originals, but the former's country sound doesn't really fit in with The Killers' music, though the latter is appealingly organic and genuinely heartfelt. A high point, however, is the Abbey Road version of Sam's Town - this is basically a stripped-down version of the song involving mainly just a piano and Brandon Flowers' vocals.

      The album closes with a dance remix of Mr. Brightside. This song has enjoyed some club success, and it's a cut above most club remix efforts.

      Track Listing
      1. Tranquilize
      2. Shadowplay
      3. All the Pretty Faces
      4. Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf
      5. Sweet Talk
      6. Under the Gun
      7. Where the White Boys Dance
      8. Show You How
      9. Move Away
      10. Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
      11. Who Let You Go?
      12. The Ballad of Michael Valentine
      13. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
      14. Daddy's Eyes
      15. Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version) [Live]
      16. Romeo and Juliet [Live]
      17. Change Your Mind
      18. Mr. Brightside [Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix]

      Overall, this is a very mixed bag of songs with a few great tracks, several pointless ones, a few interesting attempts and a few that are neither here nor there. I do recommend it if you're a Killers fan, but don't expect it to be as good as their other records.

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        20.07.2010 07:49
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        Giving with one hand and taking with the other

        B-Sides are a regular thing by bands who record them to try and make buying a single worth the while rather than settling on just buying the album with the single, though albums of B-Sides are rather uncommon. In 2007 however Las Vages based band "The Killers" bucked the trend and released a 17 track album of B-sides, rarities, covers and remixes, much like Oasis had done with "The Masterplan" and Nirvana's "Incesticide".

        The band, fronted by singer Brandon Flowers also recorded a single completely new track, the albums opening track "Tranquilize" which features the legendary Lou Reed and starts the album on brilliant high note. The album's second track is a cover of Joy Divisions "Shadowplay" (one of 3 covers on the album), the cover gives the track a more lively and upbeat sound than the original track which was released around 30 years previous. Although the song has a fresher more produced sound to it in the cover it lacks the sort of darkness that Ian Curtis' vocals gave the original recording back in the 1970's. After this track the album delves into a depth of unreleased tracks, remixes, re-recordings and B sides which go from the excellent to the rather unmemorable. Rather than reviewing every song it would make more sense to just look at the albums highlights.

        All The Pretty Faces (track #3) will be known by many due to it's inclusion on certain releases of the bands 2006 release "Sam's Town" (as well as being the B-side to the single "When you were young") the track sounds like a well produced track that could easily have been sold as a single it's self, though has a very "Sam's Town" feel to it, as does "Where the white boys Dance" (track 7). "Where the white boys dance" is another track that was on various releases of "Sam's Town" (hence the similar sound) and features clever word play a solid beat and solid and a toe tapping feel to it.

        Track 10 is one of the more recognisable tracks from the "Hot Fuss" era (mainly as it was featured on various regional releases of "Hot Fuss") the track is a driving anthemic track with a solid vocal taking the reigns and controlling the song as Brandon really shows what made the band so popular. Though for those expecting the the original track they may be pleasantly surprised to find it has been slightly edited. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" (track 12) is another from the bands debut album (again regional versions of the disk only) and although it sounds rather sketchy in places it's hard not to like it's grit and rawness. Track 17 (in some releases) is "Change your mind" a track, that like many, was featured in certain local variations of "Hot Fuss" and has the very solid feeling from the album that helped create the bands success.

        The most recognisable track on the album is the re-recording of "Sam's Town" (the title track of the bands 2006 release is track #15 on here) which is a heavily altered recording that was done at the world famous Abbey Road studios live for Channel 4 in the UK and as a B-side for the single"For Reasons Unknown". This rerecording sees the original track stripped down to what effectively sounds like Brandon (with an added cold) and a piano for the most part and gives the track a much simpler sound.

        Although the album has some rather poor tracks on it and others that just don't sound right the album is a must for all fans of The Killers. For others it's probably not worth investing too heavily in despite having some great musical sparkles through it. Sadly though many of the more cynical fans will see through the albums guise and see that most of the tracks were merely re-releases of tracks sold on regional releases of previous albums which does take a lot of the gloss from the album.




        Trivia:
        For those who've been here a while, I once reviewed "Hot Fuss" on this very site and started the review with and apology for recycling...sadly the Killers offered no such apology.

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        17.07.2009 01:45
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        Below par album from The Killers

        The Killers enjoyed success with their first 2 albums, with Sam's Town being particularly thought-provoking, and so when this was released late in 2007, it was widely anticipated to be the next step up. I hadn't really bothered listening to the whole album until the other day - there is so much new music crossing different genres and making the lines blurred that it is sometimes hard to keep up, and this had just slipped my mind.

        So, into the player it went, and immediately, I was hit with a sound that I would not have associated with the Killers. Lou Reed guests sings on this first track, 'Tranquilise'. I found it lyrically brilliant and with a very memorable beat to it. In terms of the lyrics, this is something that is present throughout the entire album, and with wordplay every important when it comes to albums, this was a good thing to see.

        However, the presentation of the album itself brought a few disappointments, for me. At times, lead singer Brandon seemed to have to make a bit of an effort to fight for those top notes, particularly when faced with some powerful and loud instrumental sections that could potentially drown him out. This, as well as some quirkier tracks that are quite surreal in many ways, made it an uneasy experience for me.

        I thought that 'Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf' was classic - a great track all round, with the catchy beat and well devised lyrics combining in a great story. Similarly, I think their cover of Dire Straits' Romeo and Juliet is phenomenal. I have heard it a lot quite recently, and we have it on a compilation CD we have made for the car. It's great to belt out when you're out for a drive. There are a couple of decent tracks towards the end, with different versions of Sam's Town and Mr Brightside featuring, but I wondered if this was just familiarity rearing its head, as opposed to the tracks themselves appealing to me. However, this may not be the case, because I was also a fan of 'Where The White Boys Dance'. I found it extremely catchy - a good track.

        Yet apart from these aforementioned tracks, none of the new stuff interested me really. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with them, they're just all a bit, well, I suppose surreal, in many ways, for my liking. Flowers' voice is so instantly recognisable that if he has a track which just does not suit him, it's really noticeable. This is, in fact a testament to his vocal influence, and not a criticism, but it does make it harder for him to be able to commercially nail a wider variety of tracks on this album.

        Overall, I found it a disappointing display of the band's talent, particularly when faced with their previous attempts. If anything, I think it was more a case of them creating the music for themselves, and not appealing to such a wide range of consumer market. There is certainly a personal feel to the lyrical side of things, and even the tracks I didn't particularly like were very well written in terms of lyrics. It was just the tune, beat and delivery that I perhaps took issue with.

        It's hard to relax or get into this as an album. It doesn't particularly sit right with me, and I found it hard to listen to all in one go whilst getting on with something else. I kept having to stop after a couple of tracks just to get my head round things that were going on in and amongst the 18 tracks. If you're a Killers fan, then it's definitely worth the effort, but if you're not sure or haven't been too fussed before, then this won't sway your boat.

        1 Tranquilize - The Killers, Lou Reed
        2 Shadowplay
        3 All the Pretty Faces
        4 Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf
        5 Sweet Talk
        6 Under the Gun
        7 Where the White Boys Dance
        8 Show You How
        9 Move Away
        10 Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
        11 Who Let You Go?
        12 Ballad of Michael Valentine
        13 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town [Live]
        14 Daddy's Eyes
        15 Sam's Town [Abbey Road Version][Live]
        16 Romeo and Juliet [Live]
        17 Mr. Brightside [Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix]

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          03.06.2009 10:46
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          Not too bad, not too good

          Sawdust was a bit of a strange album. It was released when the Killers fame seemed to be at it's most recent peak (2007), but was relatively unheralded and there was not much written or advertised about it. I came across one day while idly passing the day away on Amazon.

          Sawdust is essentially a release of b-sides that did not make the cut to full album status, mixed in witha couple of live tracks and some covers - quite literally the 'sawdust' from the floor of the first two albums.

          Sawdust represents some of the Killers strangest music yet. Spinning through Beach Boys-esque vocal harmonies ("The Ballad Of Michael Valentine"), straight up dark rock ("Tranquilize", the sole new song on this album, featuring Lou Reed), and menacing techno (highlight "All The Pretty Faces"), the album is actually really very good and shows something of an experimental and brave release by The Killers.

          There are three covers on this album; "Shadowplay" (Joy Division), "Romeo and Juliet" (Dire Straits), and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (First Edition); all done decently. In fact Romeo and Juliet is done more than decently and takes me back to my childhood!

          The songs here seem to have hit a middle-point between Hot Fuss' glammed up synth-pop and Sam's Town's arena rock pomposity, and it works. Lacking the overly clean production of the latter and the pretentious lyrics of the former, Sawdust, at its best, is full on synth-rock bliss.

          However, as an album of b-sides is always likely to produce a few tracks that are not to everyone's taste and generally a bit disappointing, so too does Sawdust. Surprisingly the remis of the Killers' biggest hit to date, Mr Brightside, is the biggest let down. A dance version of this just does not work, it is the antithesis of what the Killers represent! Where the White Boys Dance and the re-recording of Sam's Town are also disappointing and you were just left thinking why did they do that?

          You can pick this album up for less than £5 now and if you are a killers fan that does not yet own it, it is definitely worth having in your collection. It did seem a bit odd to release such an album so prematurely into the Killers' life and it may have been better served after 5 or 6 albums - but maybe there will be an altogether bigger and better Sawdust 2 in the future!

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            02.06.2009 23:13
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            B Sides from Las Vegas!

            Ahh.. Two Moderately successfull realeses down the line.... A tendancy to copy their British Piers, what does this American Act do next..... Realese the dreaded 'surely to be panned', bad B Side album. Panned? Yes... Bad? No Not Really

            Oh Ok, so this album is far from being able to be labelled neccesary, however theyre are quite a few hidden gems on here, i would go as far to say some of the music is extremely enjoyable. The new song Tranqulize is fantastic, and is only tainted by Lou Reeds dreadful appereance (however he's a legend, so its ok... apparently). The covers are ok, the Shadowplay makes for a listen where The Dire Straits idea should have stayed in the dusty box in Flowers' dads wardrobe where it wiill have been found.

            Amongst the sea of B-Sides the best ones for me would be Leave the bourbon on the Shelf, and Who Let You Go?, i would love to talk about the songs meanings however i believe the band themselves are still up on the drawing board about that one....

            The Album closer is a little diamond centrpiece, The Ibiza style version of Mr Brightside would be a fantastic unwinder on the Cafe Del Mar on the White Isle....

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            29.05.2009 12:20
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            If their B-Sides are this good-what are their A-sides like!

            Sawdust is a brilliant name for an album that is made up of the shavings from other crafted albums! Supposedly made of B-Sides, but in name alone as many of these songs should be hits in their own right!

            Sawdust by The Killers open with the grand and theatrical masterpiece 'Tranquilize'-where Brandon duets with Lou Reed! My god this song should be a stage perfomance all on its own! It's expressive, dark, rocky, thought provoking and like many of The Killer's lyrics-has a certain tongue in cheek element. Brilliant song that opens the album beautifully-preparing the listener for a truly spectacular musical ride!

            Although this album has some great new jewels for fans (Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf), it also has some clever remixes of tracks from existing albums that have already had enough radio play for you to recognise them if you dont have any of their other albums. One such remix that is particularly spectacular because I wasnt a massive fan of the original is 'Where the White Boys Dance'; another is 'Sam's Town'. There are also some great versions of their highly acclaimed 'Read My Mind' and Mr Brightside'. Truly a interesting album in its own right that I dont think it suffices to call it the B-Sides album-a somewhat demeaning categorisation for something so cunningly designed.

            The high point of this album for me is their version of Dire Straits's Romeo & Juliet. I love the original (I am ashamed to say) but I love this version a 100 times more-mainly because it is more acceptable to say you like The Killers! Brandon's vocals and gentle (almost musical box) guitar really breathe new life into this old classic. Keeping the same intonations and rhythms of the original, the really refreshing thing about this song its the slightly slower tempo they give it...treating it almost to a softness of instruments and drums so gentle you can hardly notice they are being played...amazing and his voice is so slow and sexy in this song-like a good long orgasm!

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              22.04.2009 12:58
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              I think it was way when back in the year of 2007 when this album was first released. I however, didn't even know it existed until Christmas 2008. Due to my own stupidity and fault I managed to get my brother fixated on them. Always wanting to listening to my other Killers albums. It was down to me to find a way of stopping him getting the newest one before I could get it. This happened to be my only option.

              Sawdust is approximately 72 minutes long and has a total of 18 tracks on it. Some of them are from previous albums, b sides or just re-recordings of other songs.

              The songs on this album are:~

              1. Tranquilize - song with Lou Reed
              2. Shadowplay - a cover from Joy Division
              3. All The Pretty Faces - a b side to one of their previously released singles
              4. Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf - On the hot fuss album
              5. Sweet Talk - Sams Town album
              6. Under The Gun -hot fuss
              7. Where The White Boys Dance - Sams Twon
              8. Show You How - b side track
              9. Move Away - the spider man 3 soundtrack
              10. Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll - hot fuss
              11. Who Let You Go? - b side
              12. The Ballad of Michael Valentine -b side
              13. Ruby, - b side
              14. Daddy's Eyes - b side
              15. Sam's Town - b side
              16. Romeo and Juliet - a dire straits cover
              17. Change Your Mind - (bonus track from hot fuss
              18. Mr. Brightside - remix

              This album is great because it brings together a lot of my favourite songs from their previous records. Ruby, I hadn't recalled before but I am certain that I have heard it on the radio and absoloutely love it! This I think would be good for people who are not really sure about The Killers, or for those who have never even listened to some of their stuff. It is a great combination of tracks which sometimes get forgotten when new songs are produced.

              Some fans of The Killers may get the idea that this album is just another way of getting a lot more money or a way of keeping them listening until they can get another one out. In a way I can slightly agree with this but that doesn't mean that this album doesn't hit the mark.

              You can still get this album from Amazon for as little as £4!

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              13.01.2009 14:25
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              This is a great collection of tracks that any Killers fan could not fail to enjoy !

              This is such an underated album by the Killers.

              Whenever you read/watch anything about the Killers reference is always made to their other (great !) albums - 'Hot Fuss', 'Sams Town' and the more recent 'Day & Age'. This is rarely mentioned !

              Released in 2007, this album is made up of B-sides, remixes and cover versions. It's a really eclectic mix of tunes. You just never know which of the killers styles of music will be coming next !

              For me Brandon Flowers has the most mesmorising voice. I could listen to it all day. As with all the Killers albums there are some really poignant songs on this album - most notably 'Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf' and the acoustic version of 'Sam's Town'.

              My favourite track has to be the cover of Romeo and Juliet which (dare I say it) sounds better than the Dire Straits version !

              This album is usually priced quite competitively - so if you haven't got it, get it !!

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              03.01.2009 15:09
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              Its worth a listen because there are a couple of gems on it

              I'm a huge fan of The Killer's studio albums but only recently got round to buying this one, which is a compilation of new tracks, B-sides and rarities from 2003 to 2007. Its had mixed reviews with some folk loving it and others hating it, although I'm starting to notice that people tend to have one opinion or the other when it comes to The Killers and their music - there seems to be very little middle ground!

              For me, I really enjoyed this album. It does have a mish-mash feel and doesn't flow as well as their studio albums but I like the majority of songs on it. I don't feel it would be a good album for someone just getting into The Killers but as a fan from the start I find it's a good addition to my collection. And at 18 tracks long you get a lot of Killers for your money! Here's my track-by-track review.

              1 - Tranquilize
              An excellent strong opener which features Lou Reed and a spooky sounding children's choir. 10/10

              2 - Shadowplay
              Cover of a Joy Division song with a Killers twist. I find some of Joy Divisions stuff a bit depressing so I actually prefer this version of it. 9/10

              3 - All the Pretty Faces
              A fast paced shouty song with a strong guitar riff. 8/10

              4 - Leave the Bourbon On The Shelf
              Love this one! I think it should have been on Hot Fuss. Has a brilliant catchy hook and a sing-along chorus. 10/10

              5 - Sweet Talk
              Slower synth based track. Quite laidback but not one of my favourites. 7/10

              6 - Under The Gun
              One of my favourites. Fun lyrics and the repetitive chorus of "Kill me now Kill me now Kill me now Kill me now" which runs through my head whenever I find myself in a daft situation that I don't want to be in (which is surprisingly often).10/10

              7 - Where The White Boys Dance
              Not sure about this one. Has a spaced out quality and sounds a bit like Bowie in bits. It's grown on me a bit but isn't a favourite. 7/10

              8 - Show You How
              The mobile phone bit at the start of this just annoys me but the song itself isn't too bad. Its quite slow with an epic singalong feel to it. 8/10

              9 - Move Away
              This song is from the Spiderman 3 soundtrack and brilliant. Fat and heavy guitars with a fantastic drumbeat. Energetic and fast. 10/10

              10 - Glamourous Indie Rock & Roll
              Not sure why this is on here as it's on "Hot Fuss" anyway. Either way I don't really mind as it's a great track anyway. 9/10

              11 - Who Let You Go?
              Slow and laidback number, not one of my favourites. 7/10

              12 - The Ballad of Michael Valentine
              Strong and catchy guitar led song with a great tune. 9/10

              13 - Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
              Cover of the country classic. Not a song I would have expected them to cover and not I song I would have expected to like but its surprisingly catching. 9/10

              14 - Daddy's Eyes
              Not one of the standouts on the album but its grown on me. 8/10

              15 - Sam's Town (Abbey Road version)
              A lovely unplugged version of "Sams Town" which is a great track anyway. This is a beautiful alternative take on it that is well worth a listen. 10/10

              16 - Romeo and Juliet
              Cover of the Dire Straits track. I quite like the original and I prefer it to this although it isn't a bad effort. 8/10

              17 - Change Your Mind (Bonus Track)
              Catchy poppy song. It has a kind of 90s Britpop sound and both the music and Brandon's voice reminds me of Shed 7 (remember them?). 9/10

              18 - Mr Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)
              For me this is the one dud on the album. I'm not a dance music/remix fan and while this isn't the worst dance remix I've ever heard, it does nothing for me I'm afraid. If it ain't broke why try and fix it? 3/10

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                Some stand out tracks, some that are discarded from the other albums.

                This album November 2007 is a compilation and rarities album from The Killers. Releasing an album of this type is a bold move as they have only had two albums.

                Brandon is following the bands that influenced him, like the Cure and Oasis, who both relesed albums of this type.

                To those expecting a full major studio album, will be majorly dissapointed, some of the tracks dont fit together on the album, and somtimes you clearly see the Hot Fuss / Sams Town divide.

                But what you really get on the album is good value. A colossal 17 tracks, that total 72 minutes.

                Starting off with Tranquilize, The Killers team up with Lou reed, and create a great song that is simply stunning.

                It then moves into shadow play, a cover of the Joy Division song, but they add their own twist, and listening to both, I prefer Flowers' voice. All the pretty faces is nothing special in my view but, myself and one of my friends have actually found ourselves addicted to Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf. It is the first song in the "Murder Trilogy" the other two are Midnight Show and Jenny Was a Friend Of Mine, both on Hot Fuss.

                My favourite track on the album is Under the Gun, everyone finds a track that is special for them I think, another stand out track is the version of Sams Town recorded at Abbey Road, played on the piano and it sounds beautiful. The Killers keep up their quirkiness with starting one song as an answerphone message. (But they top this in their next album when they break out tribal chants, saxophones, steel drums and even the harp!)

                Other covers on the album include Romeo and Juliet and Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town. The final song on the album is quite odd, a club mix of Mr. Brightside, created by Stuart Price who impressed The Killers enough to land himself the job of producing their next album, though I don't like that mix, I like the next album, Day & Age.

                You HAVE to give this album a fair chance, listen to it a bit, and you find a track or two you absolutely love.

                If you are a Killers fan, then this is a sound investment, if you only listen occasionally then maybe it's not for you.

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                  review of Sawdust by The Killers

                  It was a pleasant surprise that in Nov 07 The Killers released their latest album, Sawdust. After the world wide success of their previous two offerings, Hot Fuss and Sam's Town, both of which had made it to the top of my iPod playlists, I was positively drooling with anticipation. I made the classic mistake of picturing it as a surefire winner before the first listen. I was left deflated, disappointed, frustrated and pondering into how the band can allow the record company release this album or how can the record company allow the band to. Whoever made the decision to release the album has clearly done it on a whim and it smacks of obnoxious arrogance. The naivety in Hot Fuss was endearing. The consistency of Sam's Town enduring. The cynical gap-filling of Sawdust has done nothing other than to provide ammunition to the people waiting for The Killers to fail. Why oh why oh why???

                  Sawdust is 18 tracks and 72 minutes long which makes it monstrous compared to their previous releases. The album is made up of a compendium of oddities, cover versions, B sides, re-recordings of previous album hits as well as songs recorded for their earlier albums which didn't make the final cut. Individually, a lot of these songs are superb but they just don't go together and just don't fit. How a band that has only released two albums can release an album of this nature is beyond me, no matter how good they are or turn out to be.

                  Brandon Flowers (lead singer) was heavily influenced by Oasis at a Las Vegas concert in 2002 which shifted his dreams from leading a keyboard influenced band to one that would have stadiums rocking and ever since, everything he has touched has turned to gold. It seems the Oasis influence cannot be shaken off as they of course released The Masterplan in 1998, essentially a collection of B sides, which turned into a monster smash of which four singles subsequently appeared on the Stop The Clocks greatest hits collection. No mean feat for a group with six studio albums, 50 million record sales and a huge back catalogue of hits. Sawdust comes nowhere close to The Masterplan. It doesn't even scratch the surface of it.

                  The opening song is actually quite brilliant. Tranquilize is a new recording featuring Lou Reed and for me that is where the problems start. Whilst a great song you immediately get the feeling it's a Lou Reed song featuring The Killers rather than the other way round and can't then shake this feeling off throughout the album.

                  Similarly, there is a superb version of Sam's Town based entirely on great vocals with just a piano supporting in the background. It works wonderfully as a song but they have already done Sam's Town but one album ago. Why they have to do another one I do not know. It is however, little tidbits like this that just about keeps the album interesting at times and hooks you in. There is only one song on this album that I would have had on previous albums and that is Change Your Mind (which did actually appear on the US version of Hot Fuss but not the UK one). It is a very addictive song that you find yourself humming constantly.

                  Cover versions of songs by Joy Division, Dire Straits & Kenny Rogers make for an interesting but uninspiring collection. The original Killers songs that didn't make the earlier albums could easily have been included on them and not be out of place. However, they are cast offs on the cutting room floor. If they weren't good enough for the previous album then why do the band think they are good enough for this one?

                  And then there is something on the album that scares the bejesus out of me. Track 18. The last song, is a dance version of Mr Brightside over 10 minutes long. This is a gentle reminder of what Flower's influences have been and I only hope it is not a pointer to how things will become. I hope this is not the next direction the band is taking.

                  I don't get it with this album. I do not see the point of it at all. Both Hot Fuss and Sam's Town had character. They had soul. Sawdust has no personality. It's as though it has been released to fill a void until the next album release. To scratch an itch if you like. Well, I for one still have an itch but this album has also given me a headache and it has done nothing to stop the pain.

                  As a Killers fan you will buy, listen to and file away this album but it will hardly be an album that will bring legions of new fans into the fold.

                  Price £5.97 Amazon/£5.97 Amazon Marketplace.

                  Track Listing

                  1. Tranquilize - (new song with Lou Reed) - 3:45
                  2. Shadowplay - (Joy Division cover) - 4:07
                  3. All The Pretty Faces - (from the When You Were Young single) - 4:45
                  4. Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf - (from the Hot Fuss sessions) - 3:38
                  5. Sweet Talk - (from Sam's Town sessions) - 4:18
                  6. Under The Gun - (from Somebody Told Me single& Hot Fuss, US version ) - 2:33
                  7. Where The White Boys Dance - (from Sam's Town album, UK version) - 3:27
                  8. Show You How - (from Somebody Told Me single) - 2:46
                  9. Move Away - (from Spider Man 3 soundtrack) - 3:49
                  10. Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll - (from Hot Fuss album, UK version) - 4:16
                  11. Who Let You Go? - (from Mr Brightside single) - 3:42
                  12. The Ballad of Michael Valentine - (from Somebody Told Me Single) - 3:50
                  13. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - (from Smile Like You Mean It Single and also covered by Kenny Rogers) - 3:05
                  14. Daddy's Eyes - (from Bones single) - 4:14
                  15. Sam's Town - (from Reasons Unknown single) - 3:45
                  16. Romeo and Juliet - (Dire Straits cover) - 5:27
                  17. Change Your Mind - (UK Bonus Track originally on US version of Hot Fuss) - 3:11
                  18. Mr. Brightside - (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix) - 10:39.

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                    A highy recommended album

                    The Killers Sawdust

                    Essentially a collection off B sides, re-worked singles and unreleased material from the Las Vegas rockers, but don't let that put you off as each track is a worthy addition to their impressive catalogue. You get 18 tracks on the UK release representing good value for money, opening with the haunting Tranquilize featuring Lou Reed which certainly grows on you after a few listens and builds anticipation impressively. Notable highlights on the album include a very competent cover version of Joy Divisions "Shadowplay" & "Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf" which was amazingly omitted from "Hot Fuss". Undoubtedly critics of this talented quartet will accuse this talented quartet of lazily releasing old inferior material, however this is simply not the case here. Brandon Flower's passionate and dramatic vocal style elevates this band above most competition and the majority of tracks on this album are top quality songs in their own right. If you are a die hard fan of "The Killers" or just discovering them for the first time I highly recommend this album.

                    1. Tranquilize - Lou Reed provides the vocals backed up by a childrens choir for this introspective song - a solid opener.

                    2. Shadowplay - A Joy Division cover, the rolling drum beat and laid back vocals provide an updated sound to this classic track and breathes new life into an old song.

                    3. All The Pretty Faces - A B Side from the single "When You Were Young" deserved to feature on the album and showcases "Brandon Flowers" powerful voice.

                    4. Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf- No idea why this song was never released, one of the highlights on the album and a re-discovered jem.

                    5. Sweet Talk - Starts with synthesised bleeps and background guitar, definately improves after a few listens, although not the strongest track on the album.

                    6. Under The Gun This is a B Side from Their debut album "Hot Fuss", with the opening line "Shes got her halo and wings hidden under his eyes" - great lyrics.

                    7. Where The White Boys Dance - I am undecided about this song, sounds almost Bowie -esque. Starts slowly but improves when the guitars kick in.

                    8. Show You How - Opens with muffled singing into a telephone and gradually builds into a nice little sing-a-long.

                    9. Move Away - This song featured on the Superman 3 soundtrack, all heavy guitars and big basslines- superb!

                    10. Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll - Fans of the band will be familiar with this track, featured on "Hot Fuss." A great song.

                    11. Who Let You Go? Didnt quite make any of their albums and not one of their best.

                    12. The Ballad of Michael Valentine - Another B side from "Hot Fuss," an epic song which would have merited inclusion on the album - powerful and emotive.

                    13. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - An accoustic rendition, not immediately recognisable as a Killers song but good nonetheless.

                    14. Daddy's Eyes - another one which improves after a few listens.

                    15. Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version) An unplugged version of a classic song, beautiful and moving.

                    16. Romeo and Juliet - Oh dear what were they thinking? A Dire Straits cover? The one dud on the album.

                    17. Change Your Mind (UK Bonus Track) Another unreleased masterpiece about unrequited love.

                    18. Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix) a very competent dance remix of one of their best songs.

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                  • Product Details

                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Tranquilize - The Killers, Lou Reed
                    2 Shadowplay
                    3 All the Pretty Faces
                    4 Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf
                    5 Sweet Talk
                    6 Under the Gun
                    7 Where the White Boys Dance
                    8 Show You How
                    9 Move Away
                    10 Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll
                    11 Who Let You Go?
                    12 Ballad of Michael Valentine
                    13 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town [Live]
                    14 Daddy's Eyes
                    15 Sam's Town [Abbey Road Version][Live]
                    16 Romeo and Juliet [Live]
                    17 Mr. Brightside [Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix]