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ARTIST
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Wandatta
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
ZE 022CD ZE 022CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/20/2006

Originally released in 1996, Wandatta is one of Lio's most personal albums. After a five-year gap from her previous release, "Wandatta" alludes to her given name, Wanda Maria de Vasconcelos, as the pop icon/actress attempted to shed her nymphette status while still remaining as provocative as ever. Recorded at Studio Musica & Studio de La Grande Armée, Wandatta was initially refused by her major label who did not understand their Lolita's sudden change of style and began complaining that Lio's new songs were far too removed from her media image. After a break from her label, Lio teamed up with renowned French song writer Boris Bergman, and the result is amazing: dark and sometimes disturbing, both the music and the lyrics are often paradoxical. Based upon a hypnotic set of percussions, "Manchette" and "J'te Frappe" are two heavy tracks with experimental touches, while "Cruauté Menthol" and "In Extremis" tackle the dirtier and more frenetic aspect of rock n' roll. Wandatta is an eclectic album fusing influences from Mexico and Japan, also expressing a deep melancholy inspired by Portuguese traditional fado. Lio said of this album: "I didn't want to kill Lio, but we had to find a certain balance." This assertion is exactly what makes this record so malleable and revealing.