Does anyone do them better than The Afghan Whigs?
When We Two Parted
How overblown can you get? Apparently not enough, love it. (good banter in there as well)
Also check out Crime Scene pt. 1, all the videos are crap on youtube for it.
Doing a good ballad seems like a tall order, you have to find the right balance of corniness, emotion and bad-assness. The Whigs pulled it off.
Throw me some links, but no spotify for me.