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Paris Tonight: Anna Domino's "Paris" (1990)

A moody, passionate ode to the city of lights, "Paris" remains one of Anna Domino's many overlooked gems.

Anna Domino’s Mysteries of America (1990) went largely unnoticed by the general public (like much of her other work). It was a shame, since the album contained some of the most beautiful compositions put together by a recording artist at that time. Today the album still stands the test of time, its ethereal, autumnal warmth radiating the kind of gentle sensuality reserved for Eric Rohmer films. Americas’ most gorgeous number was “Paris”, a lovely paean to the city of lights that featured the most popular elements of chanson (chiming guitars, accordion) and was built upon a circular, hypnotic rhythm of Latin percussion.

Impeccably arranged, the song is pulled even further into the swooning lights of a Parisian midnight by Domino’s most romantic poetic exploits: “Caught at the edge of a dream/Water dissolves from brilliant to black”. Slated for a single, the track was eventually passed over by the label heads at Crépuscule, who had already been giving the artist plenty of strife over the years regarding distribution of her work. Says Domino of the planned music video for the planned single release: “For ‘Paris’, I planned to jump off a bridge, slowly, falling through a cloud of scattered birds. In black and white, with double exposures and soft colored lights that would spin and come and go...”

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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