My votes go to Shadowman, Deadlocked and The Ravens.
Not that I don't like the "Mary-Ballads", but imo, they can't survive in comparision to those from the older albums. If I would've too chose from Rubicon, I would say Exile, I guess.
But... Tender Trip on Earth isn't a real ballad, or? I would not say that. It's way too powerful for that, and not even a little bit sad, imo. But anyhow, you chose it, so I won't say anything against it.
Altough I think that The Modern End would have fitted better than Tender Trip on Earth.
So, why those three I voted for?
Shadowman is a really creepy song. If I would be able to get goosebumps, I would have them here. And it carries so much truth in it. Just too good to vote NOT for it =)
Deadlocked is a very moving song. I love the piano parts so much! And the lyrics... just haunting. And the whispering in the middle of it... almost makes me shiver.
My words just aren't enough to describe this awesome song.
And The Ravens... well, the chorus it the main reason why I love this song so much. It's just breathtaking. And Ostens voice in this one... more than just great.
Oh, and I like the norwegian part