A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while there are references to sex, violence, and drugs on this popular band's CD, they're subtle. The lyrics are very poetic, and most of the intense or iffy stuff will go over kids' heads. That said, younger kids might get frustrated that they don't "get" the songs.
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What's the story?
SAWDUST puts this award-winning indie foursome back at the top of their game -- albeit with some predictability -- after last year's sophomore misfire, Sam's Town. Taking a little time off to compile B-sides and assorted rarities seems to have paid off for The Killers. Noteworthy songs include the Dire Straits cover "Romeo and Juliet," "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf," and "Who Let You Go?"
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about releasing an album with B-sides -- or songs that didn't make it on the original album. Why do bands put out something like this? Does it get more hype than a regular LP? Is it a ploy to sell more or just have your work heard? Or, is it both? Families can also talk about the interesting album cover. Is it a broken tree branch or a dismembered arm on the cover? Is it both? And what does it mean?