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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Let This Be a Lesson to You Tarkan!

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportPaper Bugün correspondent Bilal Özcan has focused on Tarkan's 2010 album in a recent article.

In his 4 August dated column, Özcan headlines his narrative as "Let this be a lesson to you Tarkan!" before giving his opinion on the artist's latest musical offering.

"While I was on holiday Tarkan's album had come from [music label] DMC... I listened to it and liked it... And I am very happy for Tarkan's sake. So, Tarkan, here's to your rebirth... You know as well just how close you were to the edge... This comeback was secured by you letting go of your stubbornness and releasing an album like the Turkish public wanted you to.

"Don't ever forget this... If you lose your footing again and try and get into the air of becoming a George Michael or the such, you'll be extinguished forever, so watch out...

"Because I don't know if you can return from there."

Tarkan Finally Returns to Form

Columnist Özcan goes on to say: "Yes, Tarkan has finally returned to his true self with his new album Adımı Kalbine Yaz... He's left being adventurous, looking for new sounds, trying to be like others... He's like his self, making the style of music that suits him.

"Songs underlined with a lot of Turkish motifs, sometimes arabesque-like, emotional and dance songs suit him. It's been so long since I liked a Tarkan album... In my opinion, he released his last good album in 2003... It was after his Dudu album that he started experimenting and lost himself.

"Especially that Metamorfoz he released three years ago was a complete disaster... Anyway, better late than never he has come to his senses and brought out a good bit of work by working hard."

Songs from the Album

The columnist then goes on to list some of the songs in the 2010 and his notes about them.

"When the album's first song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") began to play on the radio two months ago, it was like a signal of the beautiful album to come...

"I'm hoping that Sezen Aksu's son Mithan Can Özer's "Acımayacak" will be loved by the young. And the "İşim Olmaz" track, with its lyrics by Yıldız Tilbe and music by Tarkan is very special, too..."

After quoting an excerpt of Tilbe's "beautiful" lyrics, Özcan says that the Aksu-Tarkan song "Öp" is great, and he can see it being used in chants at football matches, before going on to the album-titled track "Adımı Kalbine Yaz".

"[The song] is a Tarkan track that you will not be able to get enough of. I really like to talk about songs, but I won't for this one, because you'll be hearing it in the streets in a few days anyway.

"There are other songs in the album, and remixes to some of the songs, too... Buy this album and listen to it."

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