Ben L’Oncle Soul – Ben L’Oncle Soul: #878 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Ben L'Oncle Soul - Ben L'Oncle Soul

Why is Ben L’Oncle Soul on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

A seven nation army shouldn’t hold you back from checking out this retro soul gem.

What does Ben L’Oncle Soul mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

An incredible reimagining of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” into a sexy retro soul pop song with a bouncy, near-ska beat is an absolute smasher.

The organ and horn flourishes are simply fantastic, and Ben L’Oncle’s interpretation of the lyrics makes it sound and feel like a completely ingenious song that stands apart from Jack and Meg White’s great in its own respect original.

“Soulman” fully succeeds, as All Music puts it, in producing a style akin to “Motown and Stax sounds of the ’60s,” horns aplenty, lush R&B production, and L’Oncle’s vocals blending wonderfully with backing singers. But most of all it’s got a great hook and beat and really swings.

“Ain’t Off to the Back” is a really fun experiment that combines that retro soul vibe before handing off to Beat Assailant for a hip hop verse in the middle. Wild drums and rousing organs make this a rousing, upbeat number.

“Seven Nation Army” is a very popular song to cover as it turns out. Here’s the fantastic original White Stripes version.

SecondHandSongs lists some 96 cover versions. Here’s a really wild and honestly kind of strange and forbidden version by The Flaming Lips.

I’m also reminded that the last time I was in Los Angeles, in the pre-pandemic Before Times, my wife and I caught an outstanding little band that played their own outstanding lounge version of “Seven Nation Army” at one of our favorite downtown restaurants, called Perch.

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