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Marion’s Top Ten For 2009

1. The Clientele: Bonfires On The Heath.  Melodic, intimate & lovely. Favorite track is "I Wonder Who We Are", but it's all good.

2. Bell X1: Blue Lights On The Runway.  With songs like "The Great Defector" & the awesome "How Your Heart Is Wired", this one just missed being my favorite CD of the year.

3. Silversun Pickups: Swoon.  "Panic Switch" and "There's No Secrets This Year" are just two of the highlights off this CD.

4. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.  The stand out track for me is "Fences" but "1901" also rocks all over the place.

5. Fastball: Little White Lies.  A nice come back CD from these guys.  "Mono To Stereo" really won me over.

6. Great Lake Swimmers: Lost Channels.  I have a crush on the song "Pulling On A Line", but again, it's all good.

7. Company Of Thieves: Ordinary Riches. Lead by vocalist Genevieve Schatz, the song "Oscar Wilde" is but one of many stand out cuts from this new band with a bright future.

8. Gomez: A New Tide.  "Airstream Driver" and  "Little Pieces" are but two highlights from this prolific band's latest work.

9. Various Artists: Daptone Gold.  If The Budos Band's "Up From The South" don't get yer junk in the truck movin', you might need to get your trunk fixed.

10. Harper Simon: Harper Simon.  "Berkley Girl" makes me want to cry, it's so beautiful.  'Nuff said.