Paula Nelson Band

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Pedigree aside, Paula Nelson's debut kicks off smoking with "Fire Below," sparking twang and sass with a stuttering strut. The players and production are spot-on polished, carrying Nelson's vocals when they drift lackadaisical ("Baby You're Mean") or overaffected ("Being Alone"). "Overboard" strikes just the right swaying chords, though, even as covers of "Angel From Montgomery" and rollicking closer "Jackson" don't do justice.

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