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iiO 6/27/2006

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. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Rapture iiO 4:13
  3. 2 At the End iiO 3:37
  4. 3 Smooth iiO 4:30
  5. 4 Runaway iiO 3:35
  6. 5 Kiss You iiO 3:38
  7. 6 Chastity iiO 9:22
  8. 7 Tantric iiO 3:33
  9. 8 Rebel iiO 5:12
  10. 9 Is It Love iiO 4:30
  11. 10 Be It iiO 6:15
  12. 11 Give It Up iiO 6:50
  13. 12 Hangin On iiO 3:21
  14. 13 The One iiO 4:39
  15. 14 What a Way iiO 4:5
  16. 15 Poetica iiO 1:49

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