Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “Dance With the One That Brought You”


June 28, 2011

Her entire debut album has a retro feel, but “Dance With the One That Brought You” is the one track that sounds vintage without sounding dated.

The gorgeous tune is a perfect fit for Twain’s nuanced vocal, proving to anyone willing to listen that it was never Mutt Lange’s studio wizardry that made her voice shine.

A charming should’ve been hit that has made her debut album a worthy purchase for those few who discovered it at the time, and the millions more who discovered it once she was a superstar.

Written by Sam Hogin and Gretchen Peters

Grade: A

Listen: Dance With the One That Brought You

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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Love it! One of my favorites from her first album. Such a nice breezy, romantic feel in melody, arrangement, and performance. The video is cute too.

  2. I love this song. It’s an example of where less is more, and it’s the one place Shania, and the label, got it right on her debut.

    This is the vein I’m hoping she travels down for her new album. Shania doesn’t need all the gloss and shine to prove she’s worthy of being noticed.

    Most people I talk to disagree, but given the right setting, Shania really can sing. Her lyrics and production often get in the way, which is a real shame, but she has a very good voice. And it’s proven here.

  3. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, this is a good song and among my favorites of hers.

  4. GatorNo Gravatar says:

    Love it! This and “God Ain’t Gonna Getcha For That” make her debut album worth more than just historically significant.

  5. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    I love this song. It is one of my favourites from the first album. The video is so cool too – it was directed by Sean Penn, if I remember correctly.

    “What Made You Say That” is another personal favourite of mine – I remember watching the video when I was young and being memorized by Shania. On that note, are you all doing to do a review for “What Made You Say That?”

  6. kathrine bocshNo Gravatar says:

    dance with the one is really charming

  7. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Thomas, a review for “What Made You Say That” has already been posted.

  8. I can’t seem to find the “What Made You Say That” review either. the “view older posts” button on the main page doesn’t work for me.

  9. PeteNo Gravatar says:

    The “What Made You Say That” review is here:

    The easiest way to read all the Retro Single Reviews is by using the tag for it:

  10. SamBNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for those links Pete, I was having trouble with the ‘View older posts’ button too.

    I love Dance With the One That Brought You – another great song written by Gretchen Peters :)

  11. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry about that. I just discovered the “View older posts” issue myself. We’ll see what we can do about it.

  12. CMWNo Gravatar says:

    FYI, I think there might also be an issue with the site’s feed not updating regularly. Lately, it has been updating every few days with a bunch of stuff instead of as each new post is published. I keep thinking the site has been inactive, only to find that I’ve actually fallen behind and can’t easily browse backwards because of the “View older posts” bug.

    On a happier note, I do like this song. And series.

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  14. Anne ReeseNo Gravatar says:

    Very simple and romantic song.. I love it. The video made it more special.

  15. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Pete and Lee Ann! Not sure how I missed that earlier!

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