1994/1998: Polygram 559 055-2
I bought this album (and, later, the CD single of Şimarik) in October 1998 after seeing the title songs video and thinking wow, HEs cute! Such a shallow reason, I know, but it was a good decision: whether Tarkans much of a musician or artist is beyond my call, but whats certain for me is that now I have an impressive example of lusty Turkish singing in my collection, and it rewards me for that purchase whenever I listen to it on headphones.
Played merely on speakers its not as impressive maybe its the language, maybe its his voice, but somehow this album works well only when you feel the voice coming from your own mouth or whispered in your ears (and I hasten to add that I wouldnt at all mind having Tarkan whisper it in my own personal ears). The production quality of the album overall is decent if uninspiringheavy reliance on the thumping dance-oriented material of its day, although there are nice moments of acoustic simplicity and clarityand theres plenty of schmaltz on the ballad numbers to keep me away. Still, he does have a good voice, quite a nice voice actually, which is easy to forget when dealing with either his Turkish-pretty-boy looks or the weak material.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.