When the Killers released
in the middle of 2008, just four years after their first album
there were many that felt it was just 'too soon,' for them to release a b-sides collection. After all, how much b-side material can you really have in a stretch covering just two albums? It's likely that many will say the same thing about this repackaging of their first two studio albums and the b-side collection. Is it really fitting to be producing a collection or '3 pack' when the band is so new? I'll leave that to others to argue about.
The Killers are quite simply one of the best bands to come in the last 10 years or so, with a fresh, intelligent, and fun variety of synth-pop, alternative rock, and genre bending tunes that I (and many others) have come to love. If you don't own any of their albums but like them, this collection seems like a no-brainer. If you're a serious music fan, it's likely you already own at least one Killers album, and that makes this a much tougher purchase to pull the trigger on. It would be nice (and profitable for the producers) if this collection came with a few new tracks, or live recordings not found elsewhere to entice the dedicated fan to make the purchase.
Realistically, this release is more about marketing than providing real value to a hardcore Killers fan. This collection's release date was intentionally tied to the release of their newest album "Day & Age." For any new fans who are introduced to The Killers through Day and Age, this is a 'catch-up' collection. This works out pretty well for the fans, as Sam's Town, Hot Fuss, and even Sawdust are superior albums to their newest release.
If you know of the Killers, like them, but don't own any of their albums, take the plunge and do more than just 'dip your feet in.' You won't be disappointed.