As a neophyte fan I have the benefit of hindsight in declaring 'Pretty in Black' The Raveonettes' best LP, as they've reverted to predictable Mary Chain/Velvets type on 2007's 'Lust Lust Lust'. Those influences are still present on 'Pretty in Black' but the palette is much broader, with 60s girl groups (Ronnie Spector guests on 'Ode to LA'), Link Wray, the Everly Brothers and even Hank Williams adding to the mix. Much of the credit for the perfect pop sheen should go to veteran producer Richard Gottehrer, who embodies the line from the Brill Building through immediate New Wave forebears such as Blondie (whose first LP he produced) to The Raveonettes. He also wrote The Angels' 60s hit 'My Boyfriend's Back' which The Raveonettes cover here in deadpan electropop style. The Jesus & Mary Chain were never that fun !
Incidentally it's worth looking for the 17 track expanded version as the bonus tracks include Hank Williams and Buddy Holly covers and the utterly essential 'Black Wave', which is like a David Lynch film in song.