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Livewire's Top 10

Here are the top 10 albums of 2006 as heard through the discerning ears of Livewire's Andy Argyrakis.
Pet Shop Boys10) Pet Shop Boys - Fundamental

After a few dull duds, the Pet Shop Boys reclaim its disco drenched roots loaded with decadence. The pulsating "Minimal," "I'm With Stupid" and "Integral" match if not surpass the duo's delectable 80s outpouring.
Skillet9) Skillet - Comatose

Chicago area alt rockers return with its second major label release loaded with the dueling vocals of lead singer John Cooper and his wife Korey, along with chilling keyboards and colliding guitars. The group dips its hand everything from electronica to old school metal to prog rock with riveting results.
The Who8) The Who - Endless Wire
(Universal/ Republic)

The classic rockers may be down two, but turn in a pair of discs in this deluxe package: its first all original offering since 1982's It's Hard and a bonus DVD of concert performances. Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend appear rejuvenated as songwriters and reinvigorated as performers, adapting their legendary sensibilities to modern contexts.
Snow Patrol7) Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

After mounds of overseas popularity and a few splashes in the States thus far this decade, Snow Patrol achieves its true breakthrough. The anthemic single Eyes Open helps expand its fan base to the mainstream, but doesn't compromise the group's hypnotic Brit pop premise.
Editors6) Editors - The Back Room

From a distance, Editors sound like the latest Joy Division knock off, but upon closer examination, deliver a compelling blend of synth pop and dance rock. A stirring Lollapalooza performance added additional merit to the buzz band's cause.
Morrissey5) Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

The comeback continues with Moz's third album in three years (the last one being a live concert) picking right up where You Are the Quarry left off. His signature moans and misery drenched lyrics might not match days fronting The Smiths, but they come dramatically close.
Beck4) Beck - The Information

It's always hard to predict which of Beck's alter egos will emerge on an album, but his latest blends the best of his organic and electronic worlds. Fans of the stripped down Sea Change and the beat blasts of Midnite Vultures are sure to find common ground.
The Flaming Lips3) The Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics
(Warner Bros.)

Wayne Coyne and company continue telling twisted fairy tales from outer space with trippy arrangements and epic swells. The tunes translated to an even more charismatic degree on stage during a series of over the top festival shows, including its front man rolling around the crowd in a massive protective bubble.
The Streets2) The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

The headliner of 2006's Intonation Festival didn't disappoint on this third offering bridging British rap with sassy lyrics. While a little richer and less street savvy than the last time, The Streets still map a stirring course with salacious subject matter and lightening fast rhymes.
Muse1) Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
(Warner Bros.)

Move over Radiohead because Muse could very well be next in line to inherit that experimental and ethereal throne. Black Holes and Revelations is hands down the most creative, unpredictable and enthralling offering of the year.

Honorable Mentions:
1) The Beatles - Love (Capitol
2) Bob Dylan - Modern Times (Columbia)
3) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife (Capitol)
4) My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (Reprise)
5) The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (V2/Third Man)

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