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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Writing Tarkan Across Your Heart

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportIn a recent column, female Sabah correspondent Ayşe Özyılmazel has praised Tarkan's highly anticipated 2010 album.

UPDATE: Özyılmazel writes about album delay >>

Headlined as "This Tarkan Can Be Written Across the Heart", Özyılmazel writes: "Those who said he couldn't come back have been proven wrong! Those who said he's wasted all his potential and that he has nothing left to give have all had their bubbles burst!

"There is such a Tarkan on his way back... such a voice ... such an album... such music that the whole world should take note. Tarkan fans should party, all of Turkey and [the Turkish territories in] Cyprus should begin celebrations.

"Last night I shot out of the house after a surprise phone call. I don't know what would make a couch potato like me get up off the settee, but this didn't just get me moving, it made me jump out of my seat.

"I was going to listen to Tarkan's album before it hit the market. My heart started beating madly from excitement.

"Well, this is Tarkan after all! This is pop music's most eagerly anticipated album!

"Tarkan was to sink or swim.

"He had no room for error. No chance to sign off on an empty piece of work!

"The man scrapped an entire album because of this.

"It's no joke, the whole music market has its eye on this album. If people can hate each other in this world, if every success has enemies in this world then Tarkan's enemies are counting the days for him to make a mistake.

"But I'm one of those that pray [for him]. Hand on heart, there is no one like him. Not now, probably not ever.

"No other man has his charisma, his voice, his light, his emotions, there is just no one else!

"I wondered what would happen? What would I hear?

"With all these thoughts going around in my head I found myself in [Istanbul's] Bebek [district]. The CD was presented to me as though it were a piece of treasure.

"The songs began. Along with one of this summer's hits "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"), there are six new songs from Tarkan. Two songs have Sezen Aksu lyrics to Tarkan's music. One song is solely by [Aksu's son] Mithatcan's. One song is by Günay Çoban and Tarkan, and one song is Tarkan's...

"I want to eat and swallow the songs. "Rewind it back, play it again, shush don't speak," I pull.

"And here are my notes:

"The album's name is "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" ("Write My Name Across Your Heart"). The song's lyrics and music belong to Tarkan. This song is the hit we've been searching all summer long. First impressions on the song; Tarkan is very welcome back!"

Sabah correspondent Özyılmazel then goes on to cite the lyrics from the chorus to the song, saying that credit had to be given where it was due, and begins to heap praise upon praise on long-time Tarkan producer Ozan Çolakoğlu.

"The biggest hero in the music kitchen on Tarkan's comeback is Ozan Çolakoğlu. He has signed his name to some of the greatest arrangements and mixes in pop history.

"Impossible not to die of jealously, but I bow to Ozan Çolakoğlu's mastery.

"The album's slow hit is "Kayıp" ("Lost"), [a song] that even surpasses "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu". The lyrics are by Günay Çoban, the music is by Tarkan. Even the world's happiest person will become saddened by the song, their eyes will well up. It's an amazing interpretation... With a poem at the end of the song, this track makes us say, yes this is our Tarkan."

After Özyılmazel reveals that the previously reported surprise on the song is a poem recital, she quotes some lyrics to the song, before going on to talk about Mithatcan's track "Acımayacak" ("It Won't Hurt") - describing it as the album's most intriguing track.

"It's not one you can work out from a single play, but you get hooked on each listen, and everyone will be shouting [its chorus] at concerts. What won't hurt? The heart naturally.

"The result: Tarkan is coming back with a bang. "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" was the hit song of [Turkish summer resorts in] Çeşme and Bodrum, now here comes its continuation. Tarkan is reclaiming his throne.

"Listening to him sing makes me feel like nothing else.

"Blow Tarkan blow through these hot days... We've written your name across our hearts anyway. Now we'll decorate it with flowers, too," she concludes.

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