Various Artists

Monster Ballads: Platinum Edition

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Throughout the age of hair metal, the power ballad stood as the obligatory inclusion on every album by any sensible band. This 18-song offering takes some of the best from that era and puts it all on one disc. Thankfully, these are all the original recordings, avoiding the trend of re-recording songs and presenting them as originals, which has recently become more common than ever. Some of the biggest numbers are here, including Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Warrant's "Heaven," and Extreme's "More Than Words." For the power ballad fan, this is a solid record from start to finish, and a compilation well worth the sticker price.

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