Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Monster Ballads Platinum”
Label: Razor & Tie Music
Release Date: 1/31/2006
Genre: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal
Say what you will about songs of this type but “Monster Ballads Platinum” is a solid collection that brings a number of those Hard Rock and Metal tunes that always made the ladies melt and sometimes even the most stoic of dudes wipe a tear from their eyes. I have to say that I always loved these types of tracks because while they might have slowed down the bands we followed with passion just a bit, I felt that when they did them they showed the world that they were not one trick ponies always singing about getting laid or drinking. Many of them were heartfelt numbers that touched our souls and often became the reason that the band ever achieved levels of popularity in the first place. If one can take the “standards” in this aspect of the Hard Rock or Hair Metal genre, then most of the tracks that are considered as such are presented here. We have the biggie from Poison in “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” and the anti-suicide statement “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Kix alongside one of my favorite ballads in KISS’ “Forever” and perfect Prom Date song by Firehouse “Love Of A Lifetime”. Of the eighteen tracks there are some missing numbers like “Alone Again” by Dokken and “Still Loving You” by the Scorpions. For some odd reason we get “Winds Of Change” from the Teutonic Quintet but not their own standard to the format.
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