Sawdust (album)

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Sawdust
Compilation album by The Killers
Released November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
Genre Indie rock,[1] Post-punk revival
Length 70:12
Label Vertigo
Producer Flood, Alan Moulder, The Killers, Stuart Price, Jeff Saltzman
The Killers chronology
Sam's Town
(2006)
Sawdust
(2007)
Day & Age
(2008)
Singles from Sawdust
  1. "Shadowplay"
    Released: October 8, 2007 (2007-10-08)
  2. "Tranquilize"
    Released: October 12, 2007 (2007-10-12)

Sawdust is a compilation album by the American indie rock band The Killers, released on November 9, 2007 on Vertigo Records. The album consists of two singles, b-sides, rarities, covers and remixes recorded between 2002 and 2007.

Background[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (65/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
BBC (favourable)[4]
Billboard (favorable)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
Melodic 3.5/5 stars[7]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[8]
NME (6/10)[9]
Now Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10.0)[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]

The album was first mentioned by Brandon Flowers in an interview with Billboard in late August, 2007,[13] and Rolling Stone revealed the name of the compilation in its "Smoking Section" on September 6, 2007.[14] Sawdust was inspired by B-sides collections such as Oasis' The Masterplan, The Smiths' Hatful of Hollow, Smashing Pumpkins' Pisces Iscariot and Nirvana's Incesticide.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 82,000 copies in its first week.[16] It also peaked at number 2 on iTunes, just below Alicia Keys' As I Am. To date it has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide. United States sales are more than 400,000 copies. Sawdust has sold more than 350,000 copies in the UK and has been certified Platinum.[17] It was certified Platinum in Ireland for sales of 15,000 copies.[18]


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tranquilize" (featuring Lou Reed) (Sam's Town Sessions, '06 and NYC, Summer '07) Brandon Flowers Flood, Alan Moulder, The Killers 3:45
2. "Shadowplay" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06) Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner The Killers 4:07
3. "All the Pretty Faces" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06) Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer Flood, Moulder, The Killers 4:46
4. "Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf" (Dave's Apartment, '02 and Las Vegas, Fall '07) Flowers Stuart Price, The Killers 3:38
5. "Sweet Talk" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06 and Las Vegas, Fall '07) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Flood, Moulder, The Killers, Price (add) 4:19
6. "Under the Gun" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03 and Las Vegas, Fall '07) Flowers, Keuning Jeff Saltzman, The Killers 2:34
7. "Where the White Boys Dance" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06) Flowers Flood, Moulder, The Killers 3:26
8. "Show You How" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03) Flowers Saltzman, The Killers 2:46
9. "Move Away" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer Flood, Moulder, The Killers 3:50
10. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03 and Las Vegas, Fall '07) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Saltzman, The Killers 4:17
11. "Who Let You Go?" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03) Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci Saltzman, The Killers 3:43
12. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03) Flowers, Keuning Saltzman, The Killers 3:50
13. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" (BBC Sessions, '05) Mel Tillis The Killers 3:05
14. "Daddy's Eyes" (Sam's Town Sessions, '06) Flowers Flood, Moulder, The Killers 4:15
15. "Sam's Town (Abbey Road Version)" (Abbey Road Sessions, '06) Flowers The Killers, Ted Sablay 3:44
16. "Romeo and Juliet" (Abbey Road Sessions, '07) Mark Knopfler The Killers, Ted Sablay 5:28
17. "Change Your Mind (Bonus Track on UK and Australian Editions)" (Hot Fuss Sessions, '03) Flowers, Keuning Saltzman, The Killers 3:13
18. "Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Remix)"   Flowers, Keuning Saltzman, The Killers, Jacques Lu Cont (remix) 10:40
Total length:
70:12

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Killers Single-Latest". Clash. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Metacritic score". Metacritic.com. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2007-11-13). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Music - Review of The Killers - Sawdust". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  5. ^ Billboard review[dead link]
  6. ^ Leah Greenblatt (2007-11-27). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ Spinelli, Tom. "The Killers - Sawdust". Melodic. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ "musicOMH review". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  9. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  10. ^ Now Magazine review
  11. ^ Pitchfork Media review[dead link]
  12. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Web.archive.org. 2007-11-15. Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  13. ^ Benson, John (2007-08-23). "Killers Corralling Rarities For B-Sides Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  14. ^ "Smoking Section: Fiona Apple, Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty". Rolling Stone. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  15. ^ "Killers Talk About Two New LPs, Duet With Lou Reed". MTV. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
  16. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'", Billboard, November 21, 2007.
  17. ^ "Sawdust BPI certification". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2008-04-04. [dead link]
  18. ^ a b Jaclyn Ward (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  19. ^ "Official Album Chart". The Official UK Year-End Top 200 Charts for 2008. ChartsPlus. p. 5. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/418396/killers/chart?f=794
  21. ^ "ARIACharts Accreditations 2008 Albums". Aria.com.au. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  22. ^ "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-03. 

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