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Sawdust - The Killers
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Sawdust - The Killers
Advantages: Several good tracks and interesting remixes
Disadvantages: Some songs are dull and/or a bit pointless
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.
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.
Summary: Some interesting tracks on here if you like the band's other stuff