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“Power Ballads Gold” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Power Ballands Gold”
Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 6/26/2005
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

No matter how heavy they were able to be, some of Rocks best performers had their most memorable tunes in the power ballad. These songs would inspire you or even bring a tear to your eye and they definitely gave you something to hold your loved one close during as you stared deep into one another’s eyes. There were bands who excelled at this format such as Poison, Warrant and Cinderella and this release has their notable ballads present but this CD also offers a couple of twists to the listener. I felt the choice of “Lady” by Styx was not so much the ballad as was “Babe”, and the inclusion of Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” isn’t a ballad whatsoever in my humble opinion. The prerequisite “Beth” by KISS is here but being so tired of the song after many years I would have preferred they chose “I Still Love You” or “Forever” (two of the bands best ballad numbers). Stryper has their “Honestly” given some play and many who knew rockers when the song was popular can admit to attending a Wedding or two where this was the couples first dance song. I did not understand the inclusion of Queensryche’s “Silent Lucidity” as that is not much the ballad in the sense of the whole album here but I was very happy to see contributions by bands like Saigon Kick “Love Is On The Way” and Kix “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.
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