Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Veysel Mutlu – Vay Delikanlı Gönlüm

Checking in on Turkey’s charts…


Juana Giaimo: The western world isn’t used to pop songs being almost five minutes long. Listening to “Vay Delikanli Gönlüm,” as well as other mid-eastern singles we covered in the past, I can’t avoid thinking, “this is just too long.” Given the length, the proportions of the song structure change a lot: the intro lasts a minute and a half, and the post chorus instrumental part is half a minute long and then that slow boring intro comes again. But even if this song were shorter, I’d still find Veysel Mutlu’s deep voice quite upsetting.

Iain Mew: Veysel Mutlu’s full-throated shivers over the stark opening are captivating enough to carry a song alone, so when the beat drops too after a couple of aeons of tension-building it’s a generous treat.

Micha Cavaseno: The floridity of the main parts of the song don’t overflow so much as the long and winding pace manages to fizzle out attentions, and the inevitable rejoinder feels almost a bit too light to explain such a build to get there. All the same, it’s a cute and earnest record that perhaps does what it wants better than I recognize, but doesn’t entice as much as it does its job.

Katherine St Asaph: Flits between ballad, banger and instrumental flourish; best in the midsection, when it manages all three at once.

Will Adams: The intro is breathtaking — Veysel Mutlu sings to the heavens as the beat slowly comes into view — but curiously, the eventual chorus fails to keep the momentum. After an extended instrumental break, we’re treated to another weightless verse, but by then the steam has been let out.

Jonathan Bradley: Mutlu luxuriates in his delivery, rolling his r’s and stretching out his syllables. It sounds more fun for him than for us: the insistent advance of the pounding rhythm, a gratification too delayed, better sells his strengths.

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