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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...

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Death by Power Ballad: John Elefante, “O Come All Ye Faithful”

Ex-Kansas vocalist John Elefante offers his cover of "O Come All Ye Faithful," and Popdose's Death by Power Ballad is there to praise it,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Journey, “Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever”

You blame it on Facebook. Had you not bowed to the entreaties of your more connected co-workers, you wouldn’t have seen her name,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”

We’re gathered together today at the Popdose dinner table to fill ourselves with the bounty of goodness from local farms and our...

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Death by Power Ballad: ZZ Top, “Rough Boy”

What happens when three hairy Texans get sensitive? "Rough Boy." It may not have lived up to its title in any way, but Rob Smith has a soft...

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Death by Power Ballad: Bonnie Tyler, “Lovers Again”

Back in her late-70s, “It’s a Heartache” period, gravelly voiced Bonnie Tyler was viewed chiefly as Rod Stewart with a...

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Death by Power Ballad: Bon Jovi, “Silent Night”

Had Bon Jovi been killed in a horrific, fiery airplane crash in 1985, we would remember them much differently than we do today. Had they...

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Death by Power Ballad: Foreigner, “Out of the Blue”

“It’s always that one song that gets to you. You can hide, but the song comes to find you.” — Rob Sheffield (Love...

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Death by Power Ballad: Boston, “Hollyann”

Sixties nostalgia is a curious thing—make-a one man weep, make another man sing. Tom Scholz—the guitarist/mastermind/evil...

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Death by Power Ballad: Winger, “Headed for a Heartbreak”

Everything you’re about to read is apocryphal. No proof exists that anything that follows is true. But I heard it from someone, who...

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Death by Power Ballad: Jim Peterik, “Above the Storm”

This is the final entry in our DbPB salute to Jim Peterik, and it is, I admit, an odd choice for a conclusion. “Above the...

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Death by Power Ballad: A Tribute to Marcel Jacob

Our DbPB salute to Jim Peterik will conclude in two weeks. We interrupt that series to mark the recent passing of one of the cornerstones...

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Death by Power Ballad: Survivor, “You Know Who You Are”

If a new Survivor track is attached to a greatest hits compilation in the '90s, will anyone hear it? Read this week's Death by Power Ballad...

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Death by Power Ballad: Jimi Jamison, “As Is”

The next few DbPB installments will feature the work of a man who, to these ears, has contributed as much as if not more than any other...

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Death by Power Ballad: Elefante, “Young and Innocent”

Before there was an Arnel Pineda (Steve Perry soundalike, currently fronting Journey), or a Benoit David (Jon Anderson soundalike,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Robin Zander, “Time Will Let You Know”

Wouldn’t it be cool to be Cheap Trick’s Robin “The Voice” Zander?  I mean, the guy’s, like, 85 years old...

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Death by Power Ballad: REO Speedwagon, “I Needed to Fall”

One of my favorite things about joining the Popdose brother/sisterhood is the fact that I have found a group of people whose taste in music...

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Death by Power Ballad: Quiet Riot, “Winners Take All”

Kevin DuBrow‘s cocaine-assisted demise in 2007 denied the world additional work from one of the great philosophical minds in hard...

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Death by Power Ballad: Tommy Shaw, “Lonely School”

Maybe eight or ten years ago, if you’d wanted to make some pretty decent money on a minimal investment, all you had to do was find a...

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Death by Power Ballad: Scorpions, “Still Loving You”

Bands like Rush and AC/DC wear as a badge of honor the fact that they’ve never written or performed a power ballad. I love them both,...

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Death by Power Ballad: Stryper, “Honestly”

Bands like Rush and AC/DC wear as a badge of honor the fact that they’ve never written or performed a power ballad. I love them both,...