The Like have gone from sulky indie waifs to kohl-eyed pop vamps within the space of two albums and suspicious minds may detect the hand of shiny-suited svengali Mark Ronson, who produced three quarters of the LP. But before cynics complain that he's just 'done a Winehouse' on them, The Like are no puppets: singer/guitarist Elizabeth Berg wrote all the songs (apart from the Motown cover 'Why When Love Has Gone') and there's ample proof on Youtube that they can cut it live. 'Release Me' too is more than mere pastiche; it's a loving homage to all the great 60s girl groups but also nods to others such as Blondie, The Go-Go's and Kirsty MacColl who have drawn on the same inspirations, and blows current competitors like The School and Lucky Soul out of the water. Berg's songs are wordier than their 60s prototypes (anyone in the Brill Building would have been fired for using the word 'extraneous' !) but the music is pure pop perfection, catchy, short & sweet and with a garage rock edge on a couple of numbers. Sure, it doesn't hurt that The Like are pretty girls in Op-Art minidresses but 'Release Me' is strong enough to be a mainstream hit on its own merits, without playing up the image or the Ronson connection.