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Top 5 of 2009, Part Two

posted by High Voltage Staff | Monday, January 4, 2010 | 9:38 PM
Lost internet for a couple days, so Izzy & Chelsea's Top 5 lists got delayed. Without further ado, here's Izzy Cihak's Top 5 albums of 2009:

5. Sex SlavesWasted Angel
Wasted Angel is the sound of the Sex Slaves emerging from the glittered
grime of the NYC underground to infect the masses. After traveling through
every corner of America, the band seems to have picked up a thing or two
from every kind of local, from the zombie-fied Goth rockers to the
synthetically-inclined scenesters and the retro sleaze rockers.

4. The CoathangersScramble (Suicide Squeeze Records)
…And with the release of The Coathangers’ Scramble, the term “Post Riot
Grrrl” must be fully recognized as a genre… and a genre that is as
wonderfully brassy and sassy as that which birthed it.

3. Elizabeth & The CatapultTaller Children (Verve Forecast)
The year’s most fashionably endearing album. The almost twee “Race You”
is the sound of Brooklyn’s hippest embracing their playfullness, the
heartwrenching “Apathy” is as elegant as it is painful, and “The Hang Up”
is a cheerfully enjoyable breakup song suited for topping VH1 charts.

2. MorrisseyYears of Refusal (Attack)
Being raised on Pasolini and ‘Personality Crisis’ clearly came
full-circle for this charming man.

1. Jemina PearlBreak it Up (Ecstatic Peace!)
Shockingly versatile (accessibly playful and credibly crass), the album
may be competing for both the pop and punk albums of the year. Pearl finds
herself under the mirrorball (“Ecstatic Appeal”), on the New Wave scene
(“Retrograde”), and even at the sock hop, alongside Iggy Pop, with the
most endearing song ever written about hatred (“I Hate People”).

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