For anyone who came of age in the '80s, the super-sappy power ballads which pilfered the pop charts are mile-markers and nostalgic tearjerkers. They're instant time warps back to slow-dances with specific people — even though you can't quite remember specifically why you liked them so much (or why they dumped you). So where did these power ballads come from? Why did every hard rock/metal album in the mid- to late-'80s include at least one? And what led to the subgenre's ultimate demise? In honor of the Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick appearance at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, it seemed fitting to conduct a bit of analysis on the lost art of... More >>>