Review: Hadise – Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer?

Turkey had high hopes for Hadise at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest where she achieved a respectful fourth place with her song Düm Tek Tek. Unfortunately, some Turkish fans deemed her placing as a failure, although she was happy with the result. Now Hadise is back for Turkish fans with her album Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer?.

The album cover is a treat for Hadise fans with many messages of thanks which are devoted to special people whose combined efforts contributed toward the making of this album. It includes nine different songs without any remixes, unlike her previous album and we also discover that Hadise has reverted to her old style, namely R&B that she also concedes (through a message in her album) that she devoted too much energy to the wrong style earlier. On this album all the songs are considered to be about Hadise, her loves and her ex-boyfriends according to the singer herself.

First song of the album, Burjuva (meaning bourgeois) is an uptempo R&B song which is written by Alper Narman and composed by Erdem Kınay, recorded and remixed in Antwerp, Belgium just like the rest of the songs in the album. The song starts with an interesting intro that would hurt your ears if you were of a sensitive nature. The lyrics are about a man who is downright stubborn, meaning literally bourgeois in Turkish. As Hadise says, the song is written with Hadise’s ex boyfriend Sinan Akçıl in mind, who also incidentally wrote and composed her Eurovision Song Contest entry, Düm Tek Tek.   

Mesajımı Almıştır O (meaning He got my message) is the second track which is also devoted to Sinan Akçıl. The song is written by Gökhan Şahin and is composed by Erdem Kınay. It is also reworked by Erdem Uyanık. This uptempo act starts with an electro vibe and takes you to a club on a hot summer night. "No one will change my decision – everyone got my message!" on this song as the lyrics say. Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer? (meaning How big is your love?) would be considered a slow song, full of regret over her first love. As Hadise is back to her old style, R&B, this song is another uptempo song in this vein. It is written by Deniz Erten and composed by both Deniz Erten and Ender Gündüzlü.

After three uptempo songs, we’re finally treated to a ballad with the fourth track, Kalbine Yalan Bulma (meaning Don’t lie to your heart) also with a clear R&B tinge. The song is all about Hadise’s regrets of her loves that she always lies to her own heart about. The song is written Gökhan Şahin, is composed by Erdem Kınay and reworked by Erdem Uyanık. Hadise describes herself as an angel with broken wings in the fifth song of the album Melek (meaning Angel). As he broke her wings she will never ever fly again, she says in this mid-tempo R&B number, written by Deniz Erten and composed by Hadise herself. Yetenek (meaning Talent) is the sixth song of the album which is about someone who has a talent for leaving people in the lurch. The violins make  a perfect match with this mid-tempo song which is written by Alper Narman and composed by Erdem Kınay.

The seventh track, Superman is the first song to be lifted from the album and to have its own videoclip, without a doubt one of the biggest and best summer hits in Turkey. The song is written and composed by another succesful Turkish pop singer Gülşen whose albums have featured on the best sellers’ list. Macera (meaning Adventure) is more in the pop-rock style than R&B. With this eighth
song, Hadise is now ready to set sail for new  adventures in love. This uptempo R&B number is written by Alper Narman and is composed once again by Erdem Kınay.

The ninth and the ultimate song Harakiri is written by Deniz Erten and is composed by Ozan Doğulu. Ozan Doğulu is younger brother of another popular R&B singer Kenan Doğulu who also brought another succesful fourth place for Turkey at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Shake It Up Shekerim. In this song, Hadise tries to convince the listener that every love-story has some element of harakiri to it.

So, if you are a fan of Hadise and are into the R&B style, it would be a great investment and a wise decision to buy the album with no hesitation. However, if you are more keen on belly dancing with ethnic instruments and an oriental sound, then you’d be advised to steer clear of this album!

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