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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tarkan Strikes the Right Chemistry

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Another Tarkan critic has come back to Tarkan's side after the artist released "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") to the national radios across Turkey and the Internet last Tuesday.

Journalist Mehmet Tez - who once called Tarkan Turkey's last greatest star, but became a prolific Tarkan critic after the release of Metamorfoz (2007) and interviewed Tarkan's long-time friend and producer Ozan Çolakoğlu, has written favourably about Tarkan in a Saturday piece.

Tarkan Strikes the Right Chemistry

In a 15 may dated column by Milliyet's Tez titled "This Time Tarkan's Got the Right Chemistry", the music critic confesses that although Tarkan's latest album still hasn't hit the music stands, when the subject is Tarkan you can't help but write about him.

"We only have the song called "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" and an album cover ... I listen [to the song], and again, and again. I liked it. "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" (the name is different, too) reminds me of Tarkan in the Nineties. You know those hits that burnt through the charts back in the day. This song is good. It's one you want to sing along to, a song that fits Tarkan's voice and manner perfectly. It has emotion, it has a dance beat, too.

"As Turks we like to be miserable. This song is all about a miserable Tarkan burning up with love. What more could we want? It sounds a little bit like a remixed version of itself, but Ozan Çolakoğlu must know what he's doing. Obviously he's targeted the dance floors.

"For years when we look at Tarkan we see Justin Timberlake or Robbie Williams, because Tarkan is forced to break out a new trend or create a new style with every album. You know it makes me feel like saying, "Give it up Tarkan. Do what you want to do." I don't think that's going to be necessary any more.

"Because Tarkan has returned to his true roots. He has given up being someone completely different just to try and break into the European market. His music, too. There are no current musical trends in the song. Everything is normal. This is a very correct and strategic decision. It was Tarkan's English album that had left him at a loss. The constantly postponed album ruined his own special chemistry. You can't force these things. Tarkan must have realised this. Welcome back Tarkan...

Foo Fighters; Nothing Left to Lose"I liked the album's cover, too. Rather than a classic portrait, this has more meaning. It reminds me of the sleeve to the 1999 "There is Nothing Left to Lose" by the Foo Fighters. I'm not saying this because I think it's copying that, in my opinion it's completely coincidental. I just wanted to point it out before others do.

"I wonder what other surprises Tarkan has in store for us?"

A Heated Pause from Tarkan

Meanwhile, paper Bugün has posted an article about Tarkan's latest musical offering being only a teaser, claiming that Tarkan is keeping his 2010 album's name a secret for now.

Quoting Tarkan, the article writes that the Turkish megastar said he wanted to share his excitement with his fans, and that the song was only a tasty aperitif before the main course.

"Everyone wait for the album, a great album is coming. We're keeping the name under wraps until next week. It's a secret," the singer has been cited a saying, although no source is given.

The article also writes that Tarkan has dismissed rumours printed in its own pages about troubles over his financial situation, problems with his security guard Levent Ağaoğlu or that he is moving to Florida.

"It's [all] complete lies. I'm not going anywhere. I'm not going America this year. I'm going to share the joy of my new album with my fans in Turkey," he reportedly said.

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