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

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January 1, 2012

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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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  4. SamBNo Gravatar says:

    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.

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