Come Closer

Come Closer

by Tarkan

CD(Dutch Import)

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Come Closer

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2006
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602498770634
catalogNumber: 9877063
Rank: 44099

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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