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The Like

Release Me

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August 16, 2010

The Like load up their sharp, peppy tunes with zillions of pop references — Tracey Ullman, the Four Tops, Toni Basil, Duran Duran, just to name a few. And with good reason. They're children of the music industry; drummer Tennessee Thomas is the daughter of Attractions drummer Pete Thomas, and guitarist Elizabeth Berg's dad is a former Geffen exec (Charlotte Froom left after the band's 2005 debut). They wield their prodigious knowledge in organ-heavy girl-group confections spiked with catty New Wave toughness. "Walk of Shame" and "Narcissus in a Red Dress" indulge in easy high school irony, and "Fair Game" gets into incestuous boyfriend-swapping: "Switching partners like a square dance/Just watch where you're going."

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