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Indie sweethearts' songs are poetic, but harmless.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

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."

Not applicable
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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byArcadeFire April 9, 2008

For Diehard Fans

While this album isn't fantastic, it has some great pieces. Some tracks are obvious why they didn't make the final cut, but the first few tracks- especially "Tranquilize" and "Shadowplay"- are your best bets despite the darker undertones that differ from previous songs by The Killers.
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's one vague sex reference and two alcohol references but nothing else iffy. Don't know what he means, there is no F word on this album. Mabye it's on a special edition or something. Quite typical. Standard Killers. Good but nothing amazing. Good if you like indie rock.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byforreasonsunknown December 25, 2008

I luv this album

ok CSM, first u put Sam's Town songs on there, second, these songs suprised me taht some r b-sides, like Leave The Bourbon on the Shelf, All the Pretty Faces, and so many others, and they keep up the classic Killers style, i just bought the album, THE KILLERS 4 EVERS!!!


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