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Old 03-08-2013, 03:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default List your favorite slow songs/ballads.

Hey guys, it's my first thread here so I hope I'm not misplacing it. Here's the thing, I've got a weakness/pure addiction for soft songs but what I'm looking for is those hidden gems that can't be found in mainstream radio. I know this is a subjective topic and idea but what I'm looking for is anything that is pretty. I have a preference for indie/folk or alternative ballads, even ballads from metal bands so it will show in the list that I wrote below.

Here a list of those songs that seem to bring the best feelings out of me. I hope you guys will find some beautiful songs in it and what I'd like to see is your list of "gems". By gems I mean which songs can't you live without, nostalgically wise or just songs that got to your soul. Doesn't matter if they fit my taste because they might please someone else. Please share those hidden gems that "most of the time" are not played on the radio and please note that some of the songs contained in my list are really well known; a lot of those songs are labelled as alternative, emo, simple but I see no point in judging an artist as long as the song brings the emotions:

The Paper Kites -Woodland - Bloom (Bonus Track)
Opeth - Watershed - Burden
Opeth - Ghost Reveries - Isolation Years
Opeth - Blackwater Park - Harvest
Fightstar - Be Human - Follow Me Into The Darkness
Fightstar - One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours - Our Last Common Ancestor
Fightstar - A City On Fire - Vincent (Cover)
Fightstar - Grand Unification - Mono
Soap & Skin - Lovetune For Vacuum – Cynthia
Soap & Skin - Lovetune For Vacuum - Turbine Womb
Apparat - The Devil's Walk - Goodbye (With Soap & Skin)
Malajube - Dragon De Glace (French Canadian Band)
Malajuge - Étienne D'août
Mastodon - The Hunter - The Sparrow
Charlie Simpson - Thorns
Charlie Simpson - All at Once
Charlie Simpson - If I Lost It
Charlie Simson – Riverbanks
Thrice - Vheissu - Red Sky
System Of A Down - Steal This Album – Roulette
Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone - Snuff
Slipknot - Vol. 3 - Subliminal Verses - Vermillion Pt. 2
Seether - Tongue - Karma & Effect - Tongue
Serj Tankian - Elect The Dead Symphony - Gate 21
Robb Flynn - Die Young (Black Sabbath Accoustic Cover)
Ray Charles - You Are My Sunshine - You Don't Know Me
Radiohead - There There (Live in Paris Video Version)
Queen - A Night At The Opera - Love Of My Life
Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet - My Ashes
Muse - Showbiz - Unintended
Muse - Hullabaloo - Hyper Chondriac Music
One Last Wish - Casper Soundtrack - James Horner
Sarah's Theme - (not sure how I found the whole version, Hocus Pocus) - James Horner
Him - Razorblade Romance - One Last Time
Him - Love Metal - The Funeral Of Hearts
Evanescence - Fallen - My Immortal (No Band Version)
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome - Black (Feat. Norah Jones)
Chicago - The Best Of Chicago - Wishing You Were Here
Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Blonde Redhead - Misery Is A Butterfly
Sarah McLachlan - Adia

Hope to get some feedback, this list can never get big enough in my opinion. Thank you all.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ayaka Hirahara - Reset
Bobby Yarsulik - The Waves
Crush 40 - Watch Me Fly
Sins of a Divine Mother - Broken
System of a Down - Roulette

Not sure if all of these can be counted as slow songs. Also, Bobby Yarsulik isn't official artist (as far as I know), but he makes really amazing music.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Obviously my list is much longer, but STRAIGHT AWAY, I must say:

Luther Vandross - A House is Not a Home (which I also like to call: 7 minutes of MAGIC)
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by maidahl View Post
Yeah... like who the eff is Bob Yarsulik? Bobby. Who cares. With these names, it's all about the music, no?
Yeah, the music is the most important, not the name. I know that Bobby Yarsulik isn't very known artist, but he makes very good music (as I said in my before post). One reason why I like his music is because most of his songs have very personal and not generic (or common?) idea/topic (or whatever the word is that tells the listener what the song is about... can't just describe it properly >_<)
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Originally Posted by maidahl View Post
What's generic where you're at? Where I'm coming from, nothing gets generic unless it just is beginner material or a repeat-steal from a better known hit. Or a Christian worship song. Did i miss anything?
Oh, right. I probably just misunderstood the word's meaning then.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by maidahl View Post
What word, yo? "Generic"? Look it up and then judge what it means for yourself. That's kind of how my critiques start. Let me know what you decide, yeah? You're so fresh and humble, as far as online persona goes
According to a dictionary "generic" and "common" mean the same thing. However I'm not sure if it's right...
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The ones I can name right now, though some might not be ballads:

Scorpions - Still Loving You
Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Aerosmith - Crazy
Aerosmith - Cryin'
The Connells - '74-'75
Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
Guns N' Roses - November Rain
Jimmy Eat World - Hear You Me
Oasis - Wonderwall
Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Radiohead - Creep
Radiohead - Karma Police
American Football - Never Meant
Don McLean - Vincent
gnom - Hysj
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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^ Hey. Radiohead songs and Wonderwall are both good.

For argument's sake of what may or may not fit the category, a general dictionary definition states a ballad is "a slow sentimental or romantic song."

That being said, here are a few I like. Not all of them are love songs, but I like them because these are songs with beautiful music that contain a lot of emotion...

Stateless - Bloodstream
The Moody Blues - Watching and Waiting
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Radiohead - Lucky
Smashing Pumpkins - By Starlight
The Cure - Pictures of You
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony

Could probably think of better ones, but scrolling through my iPod these few stood out to me.

So yeah.
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I really love a song called 'Never Saw Blue Like That' by Shawn Colvin - I'm not aware of this song being overly popular, but I heard it on a local radio station and really enjoyed it.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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