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Pop Model

ZE 019CD ZE 019CD

2016 restock. 2005 reissue. This is Lio's fourth album, originally released in 1986, now remastered and reissued with seven bonus tracks by Ze Records. After a little break in her musical career -- filled with delightful movie appearances, Lio headed to Los Angeles with her new partner/producer Michel Esteban to start on the Pop Model recording sessions. Joined by legendary Tom Tom Club member Steven Stanley, the new team was certainly impressive. In addition to being part of one of the most influential dance acts ever, Shanley was also a fantastically talented Compass Point Island Studios resident sound engineer who collaborated with Grace Jones, Bob Marley, B52s and Talking Heads and who also co-produced the classic, numerously sampled, "Wordy Rappinghood." Recorded between Los Angeles and Gilberto Gil's own studio in Rio de Janeiro, there was a special communicative euphoria among the musicians, Lio and additional producer teammate, John Cale. Vibrantly colored by the wonderful lyrics and bongo and brass accompaniment for "Pop Song," and the orchestral "Veste Du Soir," driven by hit singles "Les Brunes Comptent Pas Pour Des Prunes," "Fallait Pas Commencer," and boosted by Hollywood-budget videos for "Barbie" (inspired by Ciao Manhattan), Pop Model established itself as a critically-acclaimed solid album, which catapulted Lio to the status of perpetually-winking cover girl. Not bad for the "French variété Lolita." Lio is a permanent surprise, constantly redefining herself for the pleasure of our amazed ears.