Denise Truscello

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November 27, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

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

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