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Death by Power Ballad: Dream Theater, “I Walk Beside You”

Rob Smith mourns a friend and discusses Dream Theater....

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Death by Power Ballad: Extreme, “More Than Words”

"Death by Power Ballad" explores Extreme's "More Than Words."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Survivor, “Ever Since the World Began”

Survivor's "Ever Since the World Began": The Ultimate Wedding Anthem? Rob Smith discusses in "Death by Power Ballad."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Warrant, “Heaven”

This week's "Death by Power Ballad" pays tribute to ex-Warrant front man Jani Lane and his greatest power ballad, "Heaven."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Richard Marx, “Hold on to the Nights”

In this week's "Death by Power Ballad," Rob Smith has a midlife nervous breakdown, in response to Richard Marx's "Hold on to the Nights."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Kenny Loggins, “Meet Me Half Way”

You realize you're in love, and the song that's playing is Kenny Loggins' "Meet Me Half Way." Rob Smith explores in "Death by Power...

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Death by Power Ballad: “Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads”

In this week's installment of "Death by Power Ballad," Rob Smith takes on Razor & Tie, the Kidz Bop franchise, and that media whore/singer,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Nazareth, “Love Hurts”

When Scottish cock rockers Nazareth slowed things down to play "Love Hurts," the whole world slowed with them. Rob Smith pays tribute in...

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Death by Power Ballad: Sammy Hagar, “Halfway to Memphis”

Death by Power Ballad returns, with Rob Smith discussing Sammy Hagar's book, unheralded albums, and terrific power ballad "Halfway to...

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Death by Power Ballad: Styx, “Show Me the Way”

Rob Smith discusses war, faith, and music in the new "Death by Power Ballad" entry, on Styx's "Show Me the Way."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, “Save Me”

Rob Smith finds a new power ballad masterpiece from Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, in this week's "Death by Power Ballad."...

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Death by Power Ballad: John Waite, “If You Ever Get Lonely”

John Waite gives us another classic piece of heartbreak poetry with "If You Ever Get Lonely," causing Rob Smith to swoon in his latest...

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Death by Power Ballad: Def Leppard, “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak”

Rob Smith's "Death by Power Ballad" focuses on the late, great Steve Clark, and Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."...

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Death by Power Ballad: Whitesnake, “Now You’re Gone”

David Coverdale and Whitesnake delivered a poetic kill shot to the heart with 1990's "Now You're Gone." Rob Smith discusses the bloody...

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Death by Power Ballad: Everclear, “The New York Times”

Rob Smith reflects on the meaning of 9/11 and muses on Everclear's "The New York Times" in this week's "Death by Power Ballad," only at...

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Death by Power Ballad: Jefferson Starship, “No Way Out”

How could Mickey Thomas get away with adultery? Quite slickly, apparently, as Popdose's Rob Smith explores in his Death by Power Ballad...

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Death by Power Ballad: REO Speedwagon, “Keep On Loving You”

Why was REO Speedwagon's classic "Keep On Loving You" a hit? Rob Smith explores the topic in his latest Death by Power Ballad column, only...

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Death by Power Ballad: Rush, “Time Stand Still”

Rob Smith attempts to stop time with Rush, in this week's "Death by Power Ballad," at Popdose.com...

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Death by Power Ballad: Heart, “Alone”

Singer Ann Wilson powered Heart's power ballad "Alone." Rob Smith pays tribute to the song and the voice in this week's Death by Power...

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Death by Power Ballad: Kenny Loggins, “Forever”

In this week's Death by Power Ballad, Rob Smith explores the Aristotelian undertones at play in Kenny Loggins' "Forever," only at Popdose....

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Death by Power Ballad: Night Ranger, “Goodbye”

Rob Smith explores regret, redemption and "closure" in the form of Night Ranger's "Goodbye," in this week's Death by Power Ballad only at...

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Death by Power Ballad: Kansas, “All I Wanted”

Rob Smith revisits Kansas' "All I Wanted" and singer Steve Walsh's toned pecs in this week's "Death by Power Ballad," only at Popdose....

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Death by Power Ballad: Van Halen, “Love Walks In”

Rob Smith gets back into the "Dave vs. Sammy" argument in this week's Death by Power Ballad column on Van Halen's "Love Walks In," on on...

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Death by Power Ballad: Aerosmith, “What It Takes”

Rob Smith looks back with longing at Aerosmith's "What It Takes," in this week's Death by Power Ballad, only on Popdose.com....

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Death by Power Ballad: The Darkness, “Love Is Only a Feeling”

Rob Smith explores the meaning, emotion, and grammar of The Darkness' "Love Is Only a Feeling," in this week's Death by Power Ballad, only...

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Death by Power Ballad: Journey, “Open Arms” (2008)

Rob Smith recalls the first time he heard Journey's Arnel Pineda sing "Open Arms" in this week's Death by Power Ballad, only at...

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Death by Power Ballad: Robbie Williams, “Angels”

We in the States have grown accustomed to the idea that Robbie Williams can be safely ignored, but in his latest Death by Power Ballad, Rob...

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Death by Power Ballad: Bad English, “Don’t Walk Away”

Rob Smith talks gibberish, nonsense, and Bad English in the new "Death by Power Ballad," only at Popdose.com....

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Death by Power Ballad: Queen, “Sail Away Sweet Sister”

Rob Smith explores the great Queen ballad "Sail Away Sweet Sister" in the latest installment of Popdose's Death by Power Ballad....

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Death by Power Ballad: Alias, “More Than Words Can Say”

Rob Smith ponders the connection between reality TV and Alias' classic power ballad "More than Words Can Say" in this week's Death by Power...