Older artists try to resuscitate their careers by recording material by more current artists all the time. Often the result is little more than a novelty song–think Tom Jones’ version of Prince’s “Kiss.” But on occasion, it works like crazy–think several late Johnny Cash songs.
It is with a great deal of surprise that I report to you that the Oak Ridge Boys’ cover of the White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” is much closer to the latter category than the former. It took me a couple of listens to get over the shock, but once I did, I really came to like it. The pounding piano is an excellent addition, and the chanted “bom bom boms” give it an appropriate air of menace. This should garner their comeback effort some attention. Nicely done.