The Killers, Sawdust, Island

While a 3rd studio effort from the Killers would be nice, this sadly isn’t it. Apparently during the recording of Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town, Brandon Flowers and Co. managed to amass a number of alternative recordings (or Sawdust if you will) that were unable to find a place on the aforementioned albums, so Sawdust was prepped and released. For fans of these Vegas lads this is definitely a must have. While this album is primarily a b-sides affair, there is the prerequisite new single entitled “Tranquilize” (w/ Lou Reed), a pair of inspired covers “Romeo and Juliet” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and 3 alternative versions of previously released singles “Mr. Brightside”, “Change Your Mind” and “Sam’s Town”. B-Sides such as “Where the White Boys Dance” shine as brightly as any of the released tracks. This should tide fans over till The Killers emerge from the studio with album number three.

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A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.