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Album Review

Following a nearly four-year string of club hits, iio's debut album was released concurrent with the announcement of the duo's dissolution. It's a pity, because Poetica is an intriguing blend of club-oriented dance beats and a surprising amount of pure pop songwriting smarts. Producer and songwriter Markus Moser knows his way around a sequencer, but rather than letting a bunch of electronic pulses run for six or seven minutes apiece, Moser has taken an approach similar to early Saint Etienne: these are conventionally structured pop songs first and dance tracks second. The gathered single sides, "Kiss You," "Rapture," "Smooth," and "At the End," are here in new and more pop-oriented mixes that show off not only Moser's knack for melody, but also the duo's key asset: singer Nadia Ali's alluring purr of a voice. Not one for diva-style showiness, Ali favors the Dusty Springfield model of seemingly effortless soul, and the best songs here — the outstanding "Is It Love" foremost among those not already released as singles — are dance-pop of the highest caliber. On the hypnotic, trancey epic "Chastity," Moser throws a bone to club/dance purists, but for the most part Poetica is a pop record, and a fine one.

Biography

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New York-based duo iiO (formerly known as vaiio and named after a computer used to write lyrics on) debuted in a local club, where their song "Rapture" was played for the first time. After becoming an Ibiza club favorite, "Rapture" started climbing charts around Europe...
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Poetica (feat. Nadia Ali), Iio
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music
  • Released: Jun 27, 2006

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