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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Press Snippets: Going All Romantic

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsTwo more columnists have come out with favourable articles on Tarkan today, while one celebrity portal briefly mentions Tarkan's hairstyle (see left pic).

As the celebrity portal reports that the world-famous musical Grease is set to show in Turkey, citing that stars like Tarkan still use the hairstyles from that era, it seems that Tarkan has softened two "serious" Turkish men in their Sunday articles.

Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar has mentioned Tarkan in his piece about Kral TV's upcoming 16th VMAs on Monday, calling it an amazing coup to be able to bring together Ajda Pekkan and Tarkan on stage for the event, calling Tarkan "our only pop artist the world knows".

Tough-talking Işıklar has been known for his critical articles on Tarkan.

Meanwhile, Hürriyet's political journalist Ertuğrul Özkök, has left behind the chaotic world of politics for one article to go all romantic with Tarkan's latest strike.

Özkök is known for advocating women's rights and the modernisation of his country. He is also known for his strong relationships with Europe's top politicians, journalists and business people.

"Crazy Aysel's Last Golden Strike"

"For three days I've been listening to Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"). The romantic child of the Nineties is returning with an amazing song. The lyrics are by Aysel Gürel. They say it's the last lyrics she wrote before her death. Like a farewell song... Goodness knows how many hundreds of times I've listened to "Kış Güneşi" (A-acayipsin, 1994). This is like that now. Sad but overwhelming, there's a Tarkan breaking out of his soul in front of us. It's obvious he's been badly hurt inside.

"Romanticism is returning... I can feel it in my bones... souls are going to get purified... Tarkan's new song is whispering [that this is coming] in my ears. I take out the articles I had written about his songs in the 1990s to have a read of them. What a beautiful air had lifted up my soul in my forties... I can feel those times returning. Politics has pressed down so heavily on us of late...but they will get their just desserts...

"That crazy [Aysel] is calling to us from Tarkan's mournful voice, while those of us that miss her call out in longing like a national anthem: "Come back"... And then Tarkan's song starts, "Love's Last Strike". And it's a golden strike. Not at our veins, but to those that would wish to demean us, make us ordinary, frighten us, oppress us, who sticks their dirty noses into our private businesses here and there, it's [a strike] at the jugular vein of those dark souls.

"It doesn't mess, it really is love's last strike. Its golden strike. Right down to the socket.

"The Tarkan we've missed has come back. And those that have been pressed and imprisoned into far off corners will come back, too. Very soon."

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