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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.

Customer Reviews

Simply amazing!

From the melodies, to the hooks, to the music to the vocals.. this album is phenomenal!

Rapture - one of the most hypnotic & infectious songs I've ever heard.

At the End - more on the Pop-y side than its predecessor, but still just as infectious!

Smooth - sick chillout tune.. from the moment that bass thumps.. it's just a ride..

Runaway - awesome song. doesn't follow the regular song formula verse-chorus-verse-choruse-bridge-chorus which makes it all that much more interesting. fabulous!

Kiss You - the lyrics in this song (in every song actually but this song particularly) stand out to me and the melody accompanies it perfectly!

Chastity - this 9 minute gem is nothing short of amazing. listen to it and you'll understand why.

Tantric - i would say the most different-sounding song on the album. absolutely hypnotic and completely tantalizing.. the formation of the verses and delivery, vocals and melody amaze me.

Rebel - great song but forgettable.. not one of my favorites but still good!

Is It Love - the #1 hit! and rightfully so! one of my favorites on this album

Be It - another weird song that definitely grows on you with multiple listens.

Give It Up - this is when the album start to wane a little for me.. the song doesn't capture me at all. it's forgettable. and the silent gap in the middle loses my focus completely

Hangin On - the album picks up a little again after the let down of Give It Up. this song is engaging and right on point! however it is lost in the middle of fillers so it's usually looked over on my library

The One & What A Way - again, a let down. not a strong way to close the album. i put them both under the same comment becuase they sound the same to me. i wish Give It Up was after Hangin On so i'd put it under the same comment too..

OVERALL: despite the FEW letdowns here, this album is STELLAR! STELLARSTELLARSTELLAR! Get it now!! the remixes of is it love and kiss you are amazing as well!

Simply Perfect!

Poetica is what made me turn into an Iio fan. Every song is beautifully blended with Nadia Ali's vocals, with beats that are so sensual!

At the end..

It's so my wife..she dedicated this song when we wer kids. Now we have 3 boys. Middle school sweet harts. Now wer 33.


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 and finally joined the Global Hits 2002 collection, released by Universal Records. Assembled by DJ/producer/songwriter Markus Moser and singer...
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