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Livewire's Top 10

Here are the top 10 albums of 2009 as heard through
the discerning ears of Livewire's Andy Argyrakis.
Cracker10 ) Cracker - Sunrise In the Land of Milk and Honey
(429 Records)

One of the most respected alternative rock acts dusts this comeback collection of sorts with some insurgent country that's amongst its finest to date. Witty songwriting, sharp riffs and vibrant chemistry are just a few of its endearing traits.
Glasvegas9) Glasvegas - Glasvegas
(Columbia)

These Glasgow newcomers accumulated endless buzz, but this self-titled debut more than earned the hype. Consider the anthemic foursome to take a current crack at U2, Oasis and its stadium-shaking peers.
Depeche Mode8) Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
(Mute/Capitol/Virgin)

The trio may be comprised of old timers, but this disc hearkens back to its Violator prime. Along the way, it also shows younger audiences how The Killers, The Bravery and all the like-minded wannabes forged their sound.
The Flaming Lips7) The Flaming Lips - Embryonic
(Warner Brothers)

If aliens really exist, they very well could be the members of The Flaming Lips, who continue to focus on otherworldly excess. It's a formula that's been tried before, but Wayne Coyne and his cohorts continue to up the experimental ante.
Franz Ferdinand6) Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
(Epic)

This third project may have slipped through the cracks considering its early winter release, but it's nonetheless an impressively varied album for the Scot-rockers. Rather than remarking the same old garage rock affair, the lads kick up the dance grooves and jam in the bluesy, psychedelic style.
Fischerspooner5) Fischerspooner - Entertainment
(FS Studios/ World's Fair)

The second coming of electronica belongs to this theatrical troupe, who literally follow in the footsteps of Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys. Much of this album's delight stems from the unabashed ear candy appeal, loaded with sugary synths and decadent themes.
U24) U2 - No Line On the Horizon
(Interscope)

Consider this collection to be the post-millennial sequel to 1991's groundbreaking Achtung Baby. Meant to be heard from start to finish, the disc may be short on singles, but holds up unflinchingly when consumed in full.
Morrissey3) Morrissey - Years of Refusal
(Lost Highway/Attack)

He may have been more famous as the lead singer of The Smiths, but this disc is by far his best offering since the band broke up. Searing guitars, melancholy lyrics and unmistakable vocal delivery put Moz in a monumental category of his own.
Black Eyed Peas2) Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D.
(Interscope)

Quite possibly the best pop album of the decade, this multi-cultural foursome hits a career high with plenty of infectious dance ditties. Adding in flourishes of hip-hop, rap and soul makes puts the Peas dead center on the pulse of current club culture.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs1) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
(Interscope)

Karen O and company deliver its most accessible punk-tipped offering to date, complete with a new found dance floor sensibility. But even with the widening of its sonic palette, the group retains its gustsy charisma and raucous overtones.


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