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Livewire's Top 10

Here are the top 10 albums of 2007 as heard through
the discerning ears of Livewire's Andy Argyrakis.
Bloc Party10 ) Bloc Party - Weekend In the City
(Vice)

It may be the England based-band's sophomore CD, but it's falls far from the generally looming slump. While the radio immediacy of its debut disc isn't as apparent, those who take the time to peel back its intricate layers will find brooding melodies and atmospheric, dance-tipped instrumentation.
Ted Leo9) Ted Leo and The Pharmacists - Living With the Living
(Touch and Go)

Along with one of the leanest, meanest backing bands in the business (The Pharmacists), the underground hero updates his indie rock insistency. The disc crosses shades of his days in Chisel with several somewhat older schooled British rock influences.
Bjork8) Bjork - Volta
(Atlantic)

The colorful chanteuse turns in another batch of percussion dominated electronic wizardry. Between the cymbal crashes of "Declare Independence" and the enrapturing beats throughout "Earth Intruders," Volta is her most vital offering in several years.
Grinderman7) Grinderman - Grinderman
(Anti)

Nick Cave's solo side stepping (backed by several members of the Bad Seeds) is a truly aggressive affair that puts raucous rock through the lens of booze soaked blues back on the map. Though reminiscent of his work with Birthday Party, Grinderman stands in a riveting class of its own.
Air6) Air - Pocket Symphony
(Astralwerks)

French duo Air continue turning compelling pages in the swanky electronic/chill pop playbooks, subsequently finding equal footing in club and personal listening circles. Guest Jarvis Cocker adds some additional star power and snappy songwriting to the disc's runaway highlight "One Hell of a Party."
Ryan Adams5) Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
(Lost Highway)

The one time front man for Whiskeytown has clearly established himself in solo contexts, partially because of the frequency in which he releases CDs and EPs. Yet he obviously took time to carefully craft Easy Tiger, becoming this year's clear cut alternative country masterpiece, steeped in Adams' time honored tradition of insurgent songwriting.
Jimmy Eat World4) Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
(Interscope)

After the darkness found on Futures, Jimmy Eat World rebounds with an artfully executed return to radio territory. The resulting angular guitar romps (most notably "Big Casino") stand up to anything in its varied catalogue thus far.
 Foo Fighters3) Foo Fighters - Echoes Silence Patience & Grace
(RCA)

Even with a dozen years under its belt, the Foo Fighters sound just as hungry and relevant as ever. Thanks to a reunion with producer Gil Norton, consider this disc a suitable sequel to 1997's now classic The Colour and the Shape.
The White Stripes2) The White Stripes - Icky Thump
(Atlantic)

The White Stripes may have pulled the plug on its fall tour in support of this project, but that doesn't undermine Jack and Meg White's continuously evolving garage rock recipe. The regularly red and white stripped duo (turned cowboy costume clad) is again on the A-game, mixing brazen vocals, meaty guitars and bluesy flourishes.
Arcade Fire1) Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
(Merge)

What was initially an over hyped indie act officially lived up to the buzz thanks to this quality continuation where Funeral left off. Backed by an incredibly potent stage show, the Arcade Fire is simply one of the most unpredictable, inspiring and sonically arousing outfits in current circulation.


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