"Play It Again" (CD Single)

Music review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Tame tune about a favorite song will appeal to country fans.

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Positive Messages

This song supports the idea that music can be the key to joy, and can facilitate strong bonds between people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters in "Play It Again" are moved to dance and kiss by a favorite song -- there's little to object to or uphold as a shining example of a strong role model. The song itself is clean and mild, but in the official video for the song, Bryan pours champagne backstage, and a few fans in his audience are shown with beer.

Violence
Sex

In the lyrics, a girl gives the singer a kiss. The official video for "Play It Again" also shows two silhouetted people kissing.

Language

There is no iffy language here, however the chorus repeats the phrase "Oh my God."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In the lyrics to "Play It Again," the singer is "Tryin' to pour a little sugar in her Dixie cup," which seems to mean he wanted to give alcohol to the woman he likes. There's no overt alcohol, drugs, or smoking in the song. In the official video, Luke Bryan pours champagne backstage, and a few fans in his audience are shown holding beer in bottles or cups.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Play It Again" is the fourth single from country star Luke Bryan's album Crash My Party. "Play It Again" is about a man who is attracted to a girl. The girl's favorite song comes on the radio, and she gets excited and wants to dance. The track is tame enough for tweens, with only one vague reference to alcohol in the lyrics "tryin' to pour a little sugar in her Dixie cup"; the characters in the song also share a kiss. The official video for the song shows Bryan pouring champagne backstage, and a few fans in the crowd shot have beer.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bycbar04 August 7, 2015

amazing

i love Luke Bryan and this song is amazing!!
Kid, 12 years old March 4, 2016

Not too bad

I think this song is not too bad. Even though it has all the bad stuff in it, I still think it's good.

What's the story?

In PLAY IT AGAIN, Luke Bryan's fourth single from the album Crash My Party, a man is attracted to a woman and tries to put "sugar in her Dixie cup." Suddenly, the woman's favorite song comes on the radio, and she is very excited and wants to dance. Later, the singer gives the woman a ride home in his truck. He hopes the song will come on again because it affects the woman's mood, and when it does, they dance again and she kisses him goodnight. The song then flashes forward to the next Friday night, and they're on a date. They both love the song and kiss when it is played. The official video for "Play It Again" is mainly a concert video showing Luke Bryan performing before an arena crowd, with fans dancing, holding beer bottles, and singing along.

Is it any good?

Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" is a catchy, romantic, upbeat country song about the strong effect of music on young love. The lyrics will resonate for teens and tweens especially, at the age when they have very strong feelings about what songs they like, and how songs make them feel. Bryan is a skilled songwriter, who zeroes in on strong feelings and traditional country themes, and this chart-topping track is one of his most successful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it fees like to identify with music. What's your favorite song? What makes it special to you?

  • "Play It Again" is a song about a song (among other things). Can you think of other songs like this?

  • Luke Bryan started his career as a songwriter for other artists. Check out Travis Tritt's recording of Luke Bryan's song "My Honky Tonk History."

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