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Come Closer

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Come Closer is Tarkan's first English-language album after several years as a Madonna-level superstar in his native Turkey. With his well-scrubbed, boyish looks, blue-eyed-soul voice and fondness for ear-grabbing, gimmicky arrangements a la the Neptunes, Tarkan comes across like a Turkish Justin Timberlake. On the best parts of Come Closer, particularly the first single "Bounce" and the insistently catchy "Why Don't We Aman Aman" which comes complete with a cameo by Wyclef Jean, Tarkan strikes a delicate balance between creamy dance-pop goodness and cheesy, over-produced plasticity. A few songs fall too far on the wrong side of that balance, such as the irritating "Start ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Come Closer is Tarkan's first English-language album after several years as a Madonna-level superstar in his native Turkey. With his well-scrubbed, boyish looks, blue-eyed-soul voice and fondness for ear-grabbing, gimmicky arrangements a la the Neptunes, Tarkan comes across like a Turkish Justin Timberlake. On the best parts of Come Closer, particularly the first single "Bounce" and the insistently catchy "Why Don't We Aman Aman" which comes complete with a cameo by Wyclef Jean, Tarkan strikes a delicate balance between creamy dance-pop goodness and cheesy, over-produced plasticity. A few songs fall too far on the wrong side of that balance, such as the irritating "Start the Fire" and the hyperactive, Black Eyed Peas-like "Don't Leave Me Alone," but on songs like the snaky electro-belly dance "Shikidim" and the dreamy love jam of a title track, Tarkan makes all the right moves. Much as happened when Shakira did the English-language crossover with Laundry Service, longtime fans and pan-cultural hipsters might blanch at how thoroughly Americanized this take on commercial dance-pop is, but fans of the form will find much to love regardless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602498770634
  • Catalog Number: 9877063
  • Sales rank: 81,323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Like That (3:40)
  2. 2 In Your Eyes (3:36)
  3. 3 Why Don't We? (Aman Aman) (3:50)
  4. 4 Mine (3:22)
  5. 5 Over (4:24)
  6. 6 Start the Fire (3:27)
  7. 7 Shhh (3:34)
  8. 8 Bounce (3:45)
  9. 9 Come Closer (4:19)
  10. 10 Don't Leave Me Alone (4:03)
  11. 11 Shikidim (3:57)
  12. 12 I'm Gonna Make You Feel Good (3:55)
  13. 13 Mass Confusion (4:10)
  14. 14 Touch (4:19)
  15. 15 If Only You Knew (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tarkan Primary Artist
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Anas Allaf Guitar, Background Vocals
Lester Mendez Keyboards
Billy Mann Guitar, Background Vocals
Ozan Çolakoglu Keyboards
Cengiz Ercumer Ethnic Percussion
Mehmet Akatay Ethnic Percussion
Cetin Akdeniz Baglama
Giles Palmer Guitar
Marc Copely Guitar
Brian Kierulf Guitar
Grup Gündem Strings
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Werner Composer, Producer
Lester Mendez Composer, Programming, Producer
Billy Mann Composer, Producer
Steve Lee Composer
Marc Schilkowski Graphic Design
Ty Lacy Composer
Tarkan Composer
Sezen Aksu Composer
Ozan Çolakoglu Composer, Programming, drum programming
Supaflyas Composer
Brian Kierulf Composer, Programming, Producer, keyboard arrangements
Jamie Hartman Composer
Lionel Bermingham Composer
Elijah Wells Composer
Devrim "DK" Karaoglu Composer, Programming, Producer
Josh Schwartz Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I think this albam is Outstanding!!!! The best that I ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    upsetting but not too bad

    So i suppose i can't deny that i was excited for Tarkan to come out with his English album, being a hardcore fan and all. i had heard a couple songs from this album before it was released via leaks on the internet and liked them. but then i got the cd and yes i kinda liked a lot of the songs, and i listened to the entire album multiple times. but overall it was really upsetting. he reminded me of Michael Jackson in a few of the songs. and it's just not the same in English. It doesn't have the same feel. it's way too pop-like. I LOVE his Turkish music, but this i can't give my heart to. I hope Tarkan keeps making music, but i'm going to be hesitent in supporting him if he continues singing in English. I hate that he has succumbed to America and stopped singing in his beutiful mother tongue, or is that German, as he was born in Germany. i'm sure it's one of the two if not the one. maybe i dont' like it as much cuz i have a bias against english language music, as i primarily listen to foreign music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Does this man ever stop?

    I am a long lived Tarkan fan and I was thrilled to find out that he was going to be releasing an album in English. This latest is a treat for the senses. He infuses Middle Eastern rythyms into songs that make you wanna dance. He has done a commendable job of fusing pop with other world rythyms. Bellydancers everywhere will find that he hasn't changed his intensity, just his mode of delivery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tarkan has dumbed down for the American pop audience

    Anyone who is looking for the sensational voice, the innovative arrangements and unique style of Tarkan's previous albums will be disappointed here, in fact you will barely recognize Tarkan at all. This is a pretty mediocre pop/dance album with some Turkish influence put in for window dressing. It's too bad because he is tremendously talented and charismatic.

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