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Archive for July, 2010

Tarkan Goes Back to His Roots

Tarkan’s long-awaited new album has become the center of attention for the Turkish media. In this post that will be updated regularly, TarkanPLUS International will bring together some of the articles and reviews about Tarkan’s album as appeared in newspapers and magazines.

In his column dated August 1, 2010, Akşam’s TV critic Burhan Ayeri mentions about Tarkan and his new album. According to Ayeri, the new album has four definite hits. He describes “Sevdanın Son Vuruşu” as a song that goes through one’s heart to the mind and finds “Öp” as a very impressive song. Ayeri concludes his article with a wish that Tarkan’s new album would help him “glitter” again. As our readers might know, Ayeri is an ardent lover of Turkish classical music and he therefore sounds pleased to see Tarkan going back to his roots in his choice of songs in the new album.

“We not only missed Tarkan but we also missed loving him, applauding him and desiring him”. This is how Hurriyet’s Tuna Kiremitçi starts his article dated July 31, 2010. Kiremitçi then adds, “We can tolerate anything… except Tarkan’s failure. We were ready to listen to him to love him. This is why Tarkan started the game at an advantage. When the album came out, it was clear that Tarkan had done his assignment very well too”.

According to Kiremitçi, Tarkan did not try to rediscover America this time. Instead, he says, Tarkan chose to go back to his roots, roots that made him “Tarkan”. Kiremitçi finds Tarkan cool, honest and warm in his new album, which, he says, is visible in the artist’s choice and interpretation of these songs. “Maybe this is due to his maturity”. Kiremitçi also points out that Tarkan’s songs take time to be liked and adds, “But this album has more songs which you immediately get to like.”

Kiremitçi concludes his article mentioning about his observation of Arab tourists in a D&R shop in Istanbul where Tarkan’s songs were heard in the background. Kiremitçi writes that the Arab tourists were very interested in Tarkan’s music and comments that he would not be surprised if Tarkan’s songs really took off in the Arab world.