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Monday, August 02, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan Comparisons

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

"God's Will Tarkan"

Screencap of reportContemporary Turkish author and columnist Tuna Kiremitçi has covered Tarkan in a recent column for paper Hürriyet's variety section Kelebek.

"This time we haven't just missed Tarkan: We've missed admiring, applauding and desiring him, too. Because that's how we are ... we can't stand Tarkan being unsuccessful!

"And that's why he started with a goal advantage with his Adımı Kalbine Yaz. This time we were going to listen to it and like it. And anyway when the album was released we saw that Tarkan had done what was expected of him.

"He didn't try to discover America again. He returned to those Istanbul melodies that had made him Tarkan. I'm happy about this, because I personally believe he's done his best work journeying between Turkish classical music and pop.

"If you notice, in past years Tarkan had been reduced to imitating himself. He even looked like those pop stars you see in American films.

"I don't know if it's a sign of maturity, but he's relaxed for this album, and returned to his original warmth. It's clear to see from his choice of song and the way he sings.

"I agree with the opinion that Tarkan's songs appreciate over time. It generally takes a month for our ears to get used to a Tarkan album.

"But this time the amount of songs that capture the attention first time around are in the majority: "Adını Kalbime Yaz", "Acımayacak", "Öp" or Aysel Gürel's memento "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

"Plus yesterday at [book and music store] D&R Arab tourists were asking in amazement what that was they were listening to [playing as muzak]. Don't be surprised if there's a Tarkan outbreak in the Arab countries this summer," Kiremitçi says.

Comparing Tarkan with the Greats

Screencap of reportEray Aytimur in her 1 August dated piece "Two Greats, One Album" for left-wing paper Radikal mentions Tarkan in passing, by comparing him to the American jazz icon and classical pianist and composer, Keith Jarrett.

"We should be careful of comparisons, but whatever it means for the repetitiveness and ongoing barrenness of Turkish pop when Tarkan produces an album, is similar to Keith Jarrett producing an album in a world of jazz which constantly renews itself and is always open to new discoveries.

"It's pure coincidence that for both sides it is exciting times, because both musicians have released albums," Aytimur writes before going on to write about Jarett's album in more detail.

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