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Albums Of The Week: The Paranoid Style | For Executive Meeting

Sophisticated, smart songcraft are D.C. performer Elizabeth Nelson's stock in trade.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The Paranoid Style album begins with an elegy for the radical — tragic pop-art titan Barney Bubbles — and ends with a revved-up cover of Rosanne Cash’s peerless Seven Year Ache.

Throughout the 10 songs between, Elizabeth Nelson weaves together stories about figures like Steve Cropper, P.G. Wodehouse and Doug Yule. She visits her hometown and ponders Jack Kerouac’s house in her childhood neighborhood. She laments the losses of David Berman and Adam Schlesinger, and duets with Patterson Hood from Drive-By Truckers on an infectious tribute to John Prine. She ponders the desecration of the music industry and drinks her beer in a tavern and sings the working gal’s blues. Loaded with vivid detail and memorable riffs, it proves what in-the-know critics have been saying for years: Nelson is one of our best songwriters.