Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
I have to admit that I purposefully sidestepped listening to The Like when they first hit my radar. That’s because I saw their picture, and they look like they might not even have drivers’ licenses. I could almost hear the sonic train wreck as I imagined yet another bunch of wanabee rocker grrls like The Veronicas, Lillix, Fefe Dobson, and that chick who sung the “Billy Shakespeare” song.
My bad, because The Like could not be further from the aforementioned spazzy, insincere poseur-rock. Vocalist Z. Berg has a voice that rivals the rasp of Chrissy Hynde or the smoothness of Harriet Wheeler. Bandmates Tennessee and Charlotte are both equally talented and bring a more even-keeled sound to The Like than is generally popular right now. You’ll hear the band compared to The Sundays, The Pretenders, and a slew of other late-80’s/early 90’s bands, but this is much the same type of comparison that bands like The Killers or Franz Ferdinand get; there’s definitly an influence guiding the music, but the infuence has been trancended to make something new.
Most of the songs on Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking? are mid-tempo rockers, and while that may have put off a lot of people looking for that snappy bubblegum-rock, I like it just fine. I find the music layered and interesting, and Z’s voice is just an unmistakable gem.