Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “From This Moment On” (with Bryan White)

1998 | Peak: #6

Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain

Bryan White was Shania Twain’s first choice for duet partner, and the A-list pairing kept “From This Moment On” on the charts long before it was officially released as a single.

Interestingly, it’s a better showcase for White in its duet form, who turns in some signature licks and makes Twain seem a bit bland in comparison.  However, it also gives the song a bit of a mid-eighties Peter Cetera vibe, which hasn’t held up well over time.

Grade:  B

Pop Version:

1998 |  Peak:  #4 (U.S.); #9 (U.K.); #2 (Australia)

Twain revamped the single for release in the pop market, replacing White’s lines with her own voice and turning it into a potent solo number.  The addition of a Spanish-flavored guitar that borrowed heavily from “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”  gave the ballad added oomph, transforming it into a wedding staple across the world.

Grade: A-

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4 Responses to Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “From This Moment On” (with Bryan White)

  1. I definitely think the pop version is superior. I just always thought Bryan White’s performance sounded a bit too theatrical. Good song, though I still like “You’re Still the One” better.

  2. SweetcheeksNo Gravatar

    I like both versions of this song a lot, but “You’re Still The One” is amazing. Its kind of a shame, but Bryan Whites country music career started to fizz out after this song. Anyway, this is Shania at her peak!

  3. Motown MikeNo Gravatar

    Forever and For Always to me is the superior (although not far) Twain ballad in comparison to this and your still the one.

  4. I knew the pop version long before I heard the country version, so maybe that speaks for my dislike for the duet, especially Bryan White’s vocal. Perhaps I’m just not used to it, but I find him nasal and annoying here.