So it is with the Oak Ridge Boys' version of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," which shows up on their recently released album and is making a bit of a sensation amongst alternative and country fans alike.
It's not quite what you expect--When I first clicked "play," I was betting on a heavy frosting of gospel and/or twang sweetening up what's essentially a pretty dark tune. However, the Boys' version actually sounds more sinister than the original. Piano and a rather creepy staccato vocal chorus hold up the distinctive melody-slash-bassline, giving it a witchy feel that neither White's alt-rock falsetto nor a screetching guitar can deliver.
In some ways, country can be more punk than actual punk rock. Have a listen and tell us what you think.
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- Loretta Lynn