Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Indie sweethearts' songs are poetic, but harmless.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some images in several songs, but not obviously harsh: "The teenage queen, the loaded gun" or "And you shake and you bleed while I sing my song."


A wee suggestive: "Oh don't be shy/let's cause a scene like lovers do on silver screens."


One "f--king."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Here and there: "Leave the bourbon on the shelf/and I'll drink it by myself." One song is titled "Tranquilize," but doesn't talk about drugs.

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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Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2012


Not my most fave...but I like!!! C-
Kid, 11 years old February 23, 2011

One vague sex reference, two alcohol references, 8+

I listened to Sawdust shortly after it came out because my mum bought it. I liked it but don't think it's as good as Hot Fuss (see my reviews). There... Continue reading

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?

This CD from The Killers adds some depth (and length --18 songs!) to their music catalog. Their attitude still simmers, especially on the 10-minute-long song "Read My Mind," but so do some of the dramatic harmonies that make The Killers' musical stylings so appealing.

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?

Music details

  • Artist: The Killers
  • Release date: November 13, 2007
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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