When Scottish cock rockers Nazareth slowed things down to play “Love Hurts,” the whole world slowed with them. Rob Smith pays tribute in this week’s Death by Power Ballad.
Rob Smith reviews the new Journey record, “Eclipse,” and finds a lot to like.
Rob Smith Can’t Say No to the surreal pop brilliance of a little yellow alien named Gustafer Yellowgold.
Death by Power Ballad returns, with Rob Smith discussing Sammy Hagar’s book, unheralded albums, and terrific power ballad “Halfway to Memphis.”
Rob Smith discusses war, faith, and music in the new “Death by Power Ballad” entry, on Styx’s “Show Me the Way.”
Can Rob Smith Say No to the awesome kindie power pop of California’s Hipwaders? Of course he can’t.
Rob Smith finds a new power ballad masterpiece from Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots, in this week’s “Death by Power Ballad.”
Rob Smith Can’t Say No to another roundup of kindie music, including new records from DidiPop, Music for Aardvarks, and Joanie Leeds.
Fall into a Memory Lane pothole of Nineties goodness, in the Popdose Weekly Mixtape.
John Waite gives us another classic piece of heartbreak poetry with “If You Ever Get Lonely,” causing Rob Smith to swoon in his latest “Death by Power Ballad” column.
Rob Smith can’t say no to the force of nature that is Yanni’s new album, Truth of Touch.
Rob Smith Can’t Say No to the Justin Bieber movie, Never Say Never, cuz he loves his son and has a high tolerance for pain.
Rob Smith’s “Death by Power Ballad” focuses on the late, great Steve Clark, and Def Leppard’s “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.”
Rob Smith travels back in time to Graham Parker’s 1991 album Struck by Lightning, in today’s Popdose Flashback.
Rob Smith wants no part of another Leonard Cohen cover, but he Can’t Say No to the gentle folk of Philadelphia’s ellipsis.
Rob Smith enjoyz the swingin’, pullin’, and lovin’ (a whole lotta it) in Slade’s great powur ballud “My Oh My,” in this week’s “Death by Power Ballad.”
When it hurts so bad, you need a soundtrack of songs that that put your pain to music. This week’s Weekly Mixtape is a deeply blue playlist for just such an occasion.
Rob Smith Can’t Say No, nor can he remember how he obtained Holly Conlan’s most recent record, but he’s glad he did.
Is Steve Perry a dick, or just a great singer? Rob Smith kicks off another year of Death by Power Ballad by examining Perry’s “Running Alone.”
DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Are you tired of all the year end lists yet? Well, here at Popdose, we love our lists — and it seems our readers do, too. But one list that was begging for a Mix Six was our Top 20 Albums of 2010 that ran last week. Punning Pundit of Indignant Desert Birds — who’s one of our faithful readers — lamented that we didn’t include any music samples in our Top 20. So in order to rectify that omission, I thought I would put together a little sampler from said list. Now because I’m constrained by the whole “Mix Six” format of this feature, you’re only going to get six songs that I thought really mixed well. So, with a lot of help from my Popdose colleagues, here we go with a sampler culled from the Top 20 Albums of 2010!
Armed with a drum loop and enough Viagra to kill a horse, the O’Jays have returned to sex you up for Mellowmas.
Popdose’s Rob Smith shares his Top Ten albums of 2010, plus his favorite track of the year.
It breaks Rob Smith’s achy breaky heart that he Can’t Say No to Billy Ray Cyrus’ Hallmark holiday movie, “Christmas in Canaan.”
Just in case your holidays weren’t bland enough, Train and Coca-Cola have joined forces to “shake” them “up.”
In his last Death by Power Ballad column for 2010, Rob Smith finds a serious message of empowerment in KISS’ “Reason to Live.”
Just in time for the holidays, Rob Smith Can’t Say No to a boatload of “kindie” music, for the kid in all of us.
Rob Smith gives thanks for his friends, readers, and Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You.”
Rob Smith celebrates the voice of Freddie Mercury in a “Death by Power Ballad” salute to “The Show Must Go On.”
Rob Smith Can’t Say No to the haunting music of Australian singer/songwriter Mahri Autumn.
Jeff Scott Soto is one of the great long-time underdogs of AOR. Rob Smith advocates for his immediate ascension to superstardom, in this week’s “Death by Power Ballad.”