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Sunday, July 09, 2017

10 is Smash Hit: Music Critics and Public

Posted by Steffan Matrak from Moscow, Russia

As Turkish pop's king Tarkan cements his top position with 2017's 10, Tarkan Deluxe is sharing the views of some critics and joe public doing the rounds in the press.

The general consenus is Tarkan will not be giving up the top position, and columnist Burak Tapan agrees. Last month he shared comments from music critics, which are published below with other views gathered online, about an album he describes as filled with songs of every colour and variety.

Cumhur Canbazoğlu: Tarkan's 10 Better Than Expected

Music critic Cumhur Canbazoğlu has praised Tarkan's 2017 pop outing as the worthy prize of a seven year wait.

Describing the album's musical spectrum as broad, he says there is something for everyone of all listening tastes to enjoy. It's not an album that is "out there" and is better than expected in pop terms.

In short, Canbazoğlu sees the release as a loaded gun filled with summer hits to blow a hole into the music charts.

"Mayk" (Mike) Can Şişman: You Will Love 10

Life style editor for Turkish daily Milliyet, Mayk Şişman lists 10 reasons why listeners will love 10. With a view that although not the best, it's better than the rest, Şişman assures readers that there is a lot to like from the much loved artist's 2017 offering.

Describing the album as musically more restrained and mature than previous Tarkan albums, "like his other albums you will love it straight off the bat or grow to love it. But you will love it".

Tolga Akyıldız: Tarkan's Not Just for Summer

Music columnist Tolga Akyıldız calls Tarkan's 10 an album truly deserving of that name. It's an album in the real sense with enough locomotion to push on through and generate hits well past the summer's flurry of digital droppings.

Akyıldız believes Tarkan will be making sounds with his new offerings for some time to come.

Oben Budak: Make Way for the King

Camp celebrity correspondent Oben Budak has always been an unapologetic Tarkan devotee and any criticism he does make always comes off like a fanboy in a sulk. There is none for Tarkan's 2017 release, however. Here he is vocally on his knees in praise.

The joy in his article over Tarkan's 12 inches of LP is uncontainable drool; he brazenly tells everyone to get out of the way for the coming of the king.

Fans should lie back and take their medicine, critics should just quit the room.

Mehmet Tez: Tarkan Has the Nation's Heart

Respected music journalist Mehmet Tez talks about Tarkan in an almost resigned tone. Rather than theorising and picking apart the music he would normally charge as formulaic, he presents instead a contemplative piece on why Turkey loves Tarkan so unquestioningly.

Tez, who once called Tarkan Turkey's last greatest star but became a harsh critic after the release of Metamorfoz in 2007, has come to accept that the iconic artist firmly holds the key to the hearts of millions despite what music critics might think or say.

But when you read Tez on Tarkan, you realise he wouldn't want to change a thing.

Naim Dilmener: Aims To Burn the Dancefloor

Music critic, musicologist and Turkish pop archivist Naim Dilmener believes the album's main aim is to set fire to the clubs, and points out the musical risk of limiting a record's sound to the dancefloor.

Dilmener says that Tarkan has succumbed to the modern way of making music for easy and quick consumption, but that the "greatest star of the last twenty years" has teamed with the best for his latest release.

Ayşe Özyılmazel: Great But Not Mega

Female Sabah correspondent Ayşe Özyılmazel has given her rundown of Tarkan's eagerly anticipated album, suggesting that although it doesn't compare with his previous albums in regard to musical greatness, it's still a good album.

Wondering whether the album fell foul of formulaic money-making woes, Özyılmazel suggests Tarkan work with a younger generation of artists to upgrade his style for a new decade.

Eda Solmaz: Not Bad but Not Good Either

Columnist Eda Solmaz is of the opinion that the burden of Tarkan's previous successes of the past two decades will never lessen, because he will never better them. She claims that Tarkan's musical inspiration has been left behind in the last century, but that the album gets better after struggling through the first five songs.

"Only time will tell how many of these latest songs will remain in his live repertoire two years on," Solmaz writes, noting Tarkan as Turkey's only megastar.

Mevlüt Tezel: Tarkan's Going Strong - for his Age!

Conservative hard-man columnist and Tarkan critic Mevlüt Tezel is known for his media attacks on Tarkan in the past. On his 2017 offering, Tezel calls Tarkan a "lazy" artist in regards to album output, but that his success is undisputed.

He sees Tarkan's later albums as of lesser quality than previous ones, but admits that pop singer Demet Akalın should be applauded for her honesty - in pop music "there's Tarkan and then there's the rest."

Tezel goes on to say that there is no question Tarkan's new album will rejuvenate the industry and that his concerts will be jampacked as usual. But he goes on to remind his readers of Tarkan's age.

Nearing his mid-forties, Tezel describes pop as a young man's game and complains that no young singer next in line to Tarkan's throne has emerged from the industry.

If it goes on this way, Tarkan will continue to be a pop god to 15-16 year olds in his fifties.

Hürriyet Entertainment Team: Tarkan's Changing Image

Meanwhile, newspaper Hürriyet's four celebrity correspondents Onur Baştürk, Melike Karakartal, Ömür Gedik and Cengiz Semercioğlu vote on Tarkan's changing image throughout the years, listing ten from best to worst, ranking his latest image at number four.

The four celeb journos each list their three favourite tracks from the new album, too, with the general consensus leaning more favourably to the latter half of the album.

Joe Public: Tarkan is One and Only

Elsewhere, celebrity portal Gecce correspondent Faruk Polat takes the microphone into the streets to ask the public about Tarkan's 2017 summer domination.

In a video for the digital version of an oldie Turkish TV entertainment programme, Magazine Forever, Polat hands the microphone over for the public's view on Tarkan's tracks.

In the zany clip, almost every person he asks say they have listened to or downloaded the artist's album.

It's clear from the impromptu street interviews that Tarkan truly does have a special place in the heart of the public.

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