Sawdust First came their gaudy, synth-driven 2004 debut, Hot Fuss , then the Springsteen-esque yearnings of 2006's Sam's Town . So which Killers do we get… Sawdust First came their gaudy, synth-driven 2004 debut, Hot Fuss , then the Springsteen-esque yearnings of 2006's Sam's Town . So which Killers do we get… 2007-11-13 The Killers Rock
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Sawdust (2007)

The Killers | KILLER CUTS The Killers' rarities disc Sawdust is erratic, but with a couple of genuinely choice moments
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KILLER CUTS The Killers' rarities disc Sawdust is erratic, but with a couple of genuinely choice moments
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; Lead Performance: The Killers; Genre: Rock

First came their gaudy, synth-driven 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, then the Springsteen-esque yearnings of 2006's Sam's Town. So which Killers do we get on the rarities disc Sawdust? For better or worse, both. Alternate versions of old tracks aren't radically different, and the covers (Dire Straits, Kenny Rogers) tend to feel lounge act-y. Peacocking singer Brandon Flowers shines, however, on both the deranged ''Tranquilize'' (Lou Reed and a kids' choir? Why not?) and the haunting ''Sweet Talk.'' Like the band itself, Sawdust is erratic, though at times, gratifyingly great. B
DOWNLOAD THIS: See the video for ''Tranquilize'' at The Killers' website

Originally posted Nov 23, 2007 Published in issue #966-967 Nov 30, 2007 Order article reprints
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