"Try Again" is a song by American recording artist Aaliyah. It was written by Static Major and Timothy Mosley, and produced by Timbaland. The song was released on February 22, 2000, as the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die, and was later included on international pressings of the singer's self-titled album. "Try Again" features an intro in which Timbaland pays homage to Eric B. & Rakim by rapping the duo's opening verse from "I Know You Got Soul".
"Try Again" is a song written by Stephen Garrett and Timothy Mosley, and produced by Timbaland. Timbaland's fuzzy, booming soundscape is influenced by acid house. Yahoo! Music formally known as "Launch" mentioned that the song's sound is associated with Detroit techno. Aaliyah's sinuous singing comprises simple vocal riffs, which are repeated and refracted to echo the manipulated loops that produce the song's digital rhythm. The chorus line, "If at first you don't succeed, then dust yourself off and try again", is hypnotically repeated in a fashion similar to the sampling and vocal manipulation found in house music.
According to Music Notes, the song is composed in the key of C♯ minor and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 92 beats per minute, while Aaliyah's vocal range spans from G♯3 to G♯4. In the song's intro, Timbaland pays homage to Eric B. & Rakim by rapping the duo's opening verse from "I Know You Got Soul".
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