“From This Moment On”
Shania Twain with Bryan White
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 24, 1998
A Shania Twain pop classic tops the country chart.
The Road to No. 1
Shania Twain’s Come On Over ultimately produced four No. 1 country hits. This one is the third, following “Love Gets Me Every Time” and its immediate predecessor, “You’re Still the One.”
The No. 1
“From This Moment On” is a modern standard. Just not in its original version.
Indeed, every subsequent change to the song made it stronger. The album version features a lengthy spoken intro that wastes nearly a minute of run time. It was chopped off for the radio edit that went to No. 1 on the country singles chart.
Alas, that radio edit still featured Bryan White as a full-fledged duet partner. He’s an accomplished singer, but this song was written around Twain’s vocal strengths. White sounds strained and immature, making their duet sound like some weird talent show performance between a mother and her overindulged tween son.
The arrangement is also generic and uninspired, at least until the strings kick in. The best thing about this version is White’s harmony vocal. The two sound great together when Twain is singing lead and he’s harmonizing.
Thankfully, the song was improved before it was sent to pop radio. A Spanish guitar intro gave the song some distinctiveness, and Twain singing the song by herself makes the verses flow better. White’s harmony vocals were left in, preserving the best part of their duet. The pop mix is a B+.
But wait! There’s more!
The song reach its final and best form when it was remixed into a mid-tempo jam to extend its life at top 40 radio. The “Tempo Mix” is the most enjoyable version of this track, and has long been my go to for Twain playlists. It’s a solid A.
The Road From No. 1
One more No. 1 single is on deck from Come On Over, and it’s Twain’s final No. 1 U.S. country single to date.
“From This Moment On” (with Bryan White) gets a C.
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