bal·​lad·​ry | \ ˈba-lə-drē How to pronounce balladry (audio) \

Definition of balladry

1 : the composing or performing of ballads
2 : ballads

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Beloved in critical circles, Case just released her seventh solo album, a tangled mix of contemplative balladry and her own catchy brand of rock that’s girded by unexpected textures and lush arrangements as strong as anything from her career. Chris Barton,, "Underrated/Overrated: 'Star Wars' fans behaving badly and Neko Case's persistent wonders," 7 June 2018 Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, the denim-troubadour balladry of the American sixties. João Canziani, Esquire, "Is Francis Mallmann the Most Interesting Chef in the World?," 22 Jan. 2018 Rempis takes a different path on his terrific recent solo album Lattice, engaging in some refreshing and effective balladry. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "The saxophonist and percussionist come together for their first local duo concert in more than two years," 12 Jan. 2018 Her first album in just as long is 20 minutes shorter than The Woman in Me, her multiplatinum 1993 breakthrough released at the height of her fire for Lange, and far less tethered to sodden balladry. Dan Weiss, Billboard, "Shania Twain's 'Now': Not Quite Her 'Lemonade,' But Her First Album in 15 Years Couldn't Have Existed Without It (Critic's Take)," 4 Oct. 2017 Like Sprained Ankle, the new album Turn Out The Lights seems like a melancholic record on the surface, but there's optimism between the barebones balladry. Ilana Kaplan, Billboard, "Julien Baker Is Here To Remind You That Joy And Pain Go Hand-In-Hand," 27 Oct. 2017 But few artists were timelier or more innovative than Beck in 1997, when his genre-splicing opus Odelay lost to the globe-conquering balladry of Celine Dion -- a snub Kanye himself might've seen fit for protesting. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "Famous Grammy Make-Goods: Beck, Steely Dan & More Artists Snubbed But Later Redeemed," 19 Oct. 2017 This is not the kind of instrumentation one typically hears in jazz performance, but the delicacy of Lev-Ari’s arrangement echoed the tenderness of Cohen’s balladry. Howard Reich,, "Anat Cohen celebrates 'Happy Song' on a grand scale," 8 Oct. 2017 Though, with a beat as comforting as a warm, fading summer night, Chance the Rapper has perfected the sound of nostalgic, hip-hop balladry. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Here They Are: The 20 Songs You'll Be Listening to All Summer," 7 June 2016

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First Known Use of balladry

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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