Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, "When You Kiss Me"

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October 1, 2012

2003 | Peak: #21 (U.K.)

What do you do when you’ve already got so many songs that are wedding and anniversary

staples?

Release another one, of course.   Perhaps if it had come before “You’re Still the One” and “From This Moment On”, or even before “Forever and For Always” was a hit, “When You Kiss Me” might have become another signature ballad for Twain.

I love the lush production on the red “pop” version that was a moderate international hit.   The green “country” version is so sparse that the subtle melody can’t provide the necessary elevation.

As was often the case with tracks from Up!, what we lose in creativity and surprise, we make up in astounding vocals.  She’s never sounded more desperately in love than she does here.   Highly recommended for those who want Shania to serenade them at their milestone occasion, but not with the same song she sings to everybody else.

Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain

Grade: B+

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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I like this song well enough, but I would like it better if not for the way she draws out “olderrrrr” and “overrrrrr.” Also don’t really get the “I know you miss me” bit. It is a pleasant-sounding record though, and she sings it beautifully.

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