Although written specifically with the lockdown and isolation of the Covid years in mind, Live Again carries a sentiment to which we can all relate. It is a song about trying to restore things to the way they were. Of getting back on your feet after overcoming whichever obstacles and challenges have been put in your way. Of dusting yourself down and having another shot at whatever goal you are aiming for. Applicable to the Covid era but also relevant to so many situations and scenarios that we all find ourselves in at some point in our lives.

And if D2UR are more often associated with a heavier, foot-on-the-monitor, classic rock sound, mainly if your first taste of them is with songs such as Little Sunshine, Where’s The Rocket or Someday Soon Reprise, here they take a more subtle and supple approach. A deft blend of more spacious, acoustic-driven rock lies at its core, and although by the time the song fades out, it has put the foot on the gas and is firing on all cylinders, the slow-burning build to get there is an agile balancing act of energy and restraint, power and poise, groove and grace.

And that is the art of it. You don’t have to give everything away too soon or peak too early. Better to tease and toy with the listener as you take them on a musical journey; better to add tone and texture, layer by layer, as you move in your chosen direction of travel. Do that, and the rewards are much richer.

A wise man once said it is better to travel well than to arrive. If you are wondering what such an idea would sound like in musical terms, you need to give Live Again another spin.

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