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Friday, July 30, 2010

Press Snippets: Pleasing Some, Not All

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportCelebrity portal Uçankuş has run a poll asking which 2010 track Tarkan should film a video single to, with the portal reporting that it has captured "great interest" from its readers.

Currently, with over 3.5 thousand votes polled, "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") is first, followed closely by the album title track, "Adımı Kalbine Yaz".

Meanwhile, female columnist Deniz Nurcan, writing for celebrity portal Gecce, has mentioned Tarkan's latest album release on her Hollywood-Istanbul line.

Screencap of reportThe "MEGASTAR IS BACK!!" Deniz declares from her column, writing that in her opinion the most important and positive development of the week has been Tarkan's 2010 album Adımı Kalbine Yaz.

"It was definitely worth the long wait!! Alongside my summer favourite "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" are hits - no mega hits - "Adımı Kalbine Yaz", "Acımayacak", "Sen Çoktan Gitmişsin" and "Öp"," she writes.

"With Tarkan's songs, this summer will definitely pass by brighter and hotter than ever."

Tarkan Playing to the Public

Screencap of reportMoving on, Sabah correspondent Yüksel Aytuğ has seen less to praise in the album than most.

"I was waiting for Tarkan's latest album with great expectations ... I can't lie, I was expecting much more from him. The thing I ask myself is would this album be listened to if it didn't have Tarkan's face and name on it? Apart from the album's promotion song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" - having gotten "used" to the song because we've been listening to it for weeks - the arabesque-like "Kayıp" and the album's title track, the Turkish classical-type "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" I couldn't find a song that caught my interest ... It's the first time I playing a Tarkan CD with the hope that I like it as I listen to it more," he writes.

Elsewhere, in his Hürriyet column today, variety reporter Onur Baştürk has taken up his pen to offer up his views on the Turkish megastar's latest musical offering, while adding a postscript on the singer's latest image for the album.

Mentioning the Haberturk article covering the supposed similarity between another singer's album image and Tarkan's, Baştürk writes, "Yes, standing with a crooked leg and the boots do look similar, it's true ... But the real resemblance has been picked up by a blog called Moda ve Sosyete.

"The photograph with Tarkan's hands on his neck and David Beckham's [one] is really to similar to be dismissed."

Screencap of fashion blogger's posts on Tarkan and Beckham

Moda ve Sosyete, a Turkish blogger of celebrity style and fashion also thanked Baştürk for his mentioning of the blog in his column.

Tarkan's Welcome Return

And in the main bulk of his article, Baştürk writes that "Allaturca Tarkan" has made a welcome return.

Screencap of report"I'm listening to Tarkan's album as we speak. And my first impression is that the cold Tarkan from Metamorfoz has gone, and thankfully that old, Mediterranean, a little hot but with a large helping of melancholia Tarkan has returned.

"And the greatest example of this comeback is Tarkan's own penned track "Adımı Kalbine Yaz". I have this song on constant rotation; it's a perfect pop allaturca concoction, perfect at the end of an evening, great!"

Although Baştürk's continues to praise the song, his initial impressions are not all positive, as he moves on to the other tracks in the 2010 album - which he says is not one of the singer's best, but will please the public.

"There are other more sad songs; "Kayıp" and "Sen Çoktan Gitmişsin". Already, "Kayıp" is on everyone's lips. But I don't like songs with poems read at the end of them. It's too outdated. (And why does the voice fade out towards the last lines of the poem?)

"I had listened to "Acımıycak" months ago. It's a hit that's made up of four parts, moving from melody to melody, which tires the listener a lot. If Mithat Can Özer had taken out one part, the song might have been more dynamic.

"And "Usta-Çırak" is a surprise song. How so? Well the song-writer Gülşah Tütüncü is the writer of the over melodramatic Mustafa Ceceli track "Hastalıkta Sağlıkta" ("In Sickness and in Health"), and the mood between the two songs is completely different ... [The song] is nice, different, provocative, but it also resembles [Kenan Doğulu's] "Çakkıdı" song. Plus the Turkish public like a chorus, and there isn't one in this song.

"Whoops, I forgot the song "Öp"!" Baştürk exclaims finally, commenting that the only thing he could say about the track was that one of the words reminded him of TV joker Okan Bayülgen's female character in a TV commercial.

Bayülgen is long known for his enmity against Tarkan, and usually makes digs at the singer from his late night TV shows.

Female Singer's "TV Gaffe"

Screencap of reportAnd there is recent news on Bayülgen and Tarkan during his current late night show.

When Bayülgen's female guests called Tarkan's latest track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") their favourite, and they began to recite it, Bayülgen was quick to dismiss it.

When the TV host reminded his guests that the lyrics belonged to the late lyricist Aysel Gürel anyway, one of the guests, Nineties popstress Yonca Evcimik in defence of Tarkan said that they should "deal with the living and not the dead".

The Turkish press has been quick to report this as a slight towards the memory of Gürel - who had incidentally penned Evcimik's first break-out hit song - calling it a gaffe, and quoting Gürel's daughter as being saddened by the remarks made on live TV.

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