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From This Moment On (Shania Twain song)

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"From This Moment On"
From This Moment On (Shania Twain song).jpg
Single by Shania Twain
from the album Come On Over
B-side
Released March 14, 1998
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre
Length 4:01
Label Mercury Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Shania Twain singles chronology
"You're Still the One"
(1998)
"From This Moment On"
(1998)
"When"
(1998)
"You're Still the One"
(1998)
"From This Moment On"
(1998)
"When"
(1998)
Music video
"From This Moment On" on YouTube

"From This Moment On" is a song by Canadian recording artist, Shania Twain, that appeared on the album, Come On Over (1997). The song was written by Twain, and additional production and songwriting was performed by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. "From This Moment On" has been performed on every tour by Twain since its release on 14 March 1998 in North America and Oceania.

"From This Moment On" is a country pop track that received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who deemed the song as one of the highlights on the album. The song achieved moderate commercial success, reaching the Top 10 in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States. The song charted in France, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden, as well on several Billboard component charts.

An accompanying music video, directed by Paul Boyd, depicts Twain walking down a hallway alone in a beautiful dress, and then toward the end of the video, she appears with a symphony orchestra to perform the remainder of the song.

Background and composition[edit]

I'd never actually collaborated, as far as a duet, with anybody before, so it became a lot of fun. They let me do exactly what I wanted to do, and I think we blended real well together. I got to work out all kinds of different arrangement things with them."
— Bryan White reflects on the duet.[1]

"From This Moment On" was written during a soccer game in Italy. Twain once explained, “We were in Italy at a soccer game. My husband loves sports. I don’t know the game that well, so my mind drifted and I started writing.” Initially, Twain thought that "From This Moment On" would be perfect for singer Celine Dion; however, as Twain and Lange developed the song, they concluded that it would work best as a duet. While their first choice for the duet was Elton John, they chose country singer Bryan White.[2] Twain later described White as "the best male voice in country music. Beyond country music! He's an excellent singer. So he needed to be on this record, because the song soars. It demands that. It demands dynamics."[1] White explained that, by the time he went to the recording, the song was mostly finalized, and described it as 'extremely challenging' vocally.[1]

Initial first-run pressings of the international version of the Come On Over album during March 1998 featured White on the song, while subsequent pressings began featuring the song as a solo recording. In early 1998, Mercury executives were informed that White would be unable to promote the song alongside Twain; therefore, Twain had to return to the studio to re-record White's parts on her own. According to White's spokesman at Asylum Records, "We've certainly heard knocking on our door about "From This Moment On" being too contemporary for Bryan's sake; therefore, it is fine if they want to go to the Top 40 without him." White later claimed that he had no hard feelings towards Twain for him being excluded from the international version of the song, stating, "They're releasing this song as a pop record, and I'm not a pop artist, so my feelings aren't hurt."[3]

"From This Moment On" was released as the 4th single from the Come On Over album on 14 March 1998 in North America and Oceania, while being released in Europe on 16 November 1998 only.[4][5] Musically, "From This Moment On" is a country pop ballad and is set in common time with a slow tempo of 68 beats per minute.[6][7][6] The song is written in the key of G major with Twain's vocal range spanning from the low note of D3 to the high note of C5.[6] Nick Reynolds of BBC Music described the song as a power new country ballad with "a beautiful melody".[7]

Reception[edit]

Music reviews[edit]

"From This Moment On" received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Matt Bjorke of About.com deemed the song as one of the album's highlights,[8] while Elizabeth Kessler of Yahoo! commented that "hardly any song can compare to this love anthem! ... Everyone feels their insides tug as they listen to this heart wrenching song."[9] Country Universe writer Kevin John Coyne did separate reviews for "From This Moment On". While reviewing the duet, Coyne graded it a B and commented that it was mostly a showcase of White's vocals, "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."[10] Coyne concluded, however, that the single release turned the track "into a potent solo number," and noted that "the addition of a Spanish-flavored guitar that borrowed heavily from 'Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman' gave the ballad added oomph." He graded the single release at an A-.[10] At the 1999 Canadian Country Music Awards, "From This Moment On" won the award for Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration of the Year.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

"From This Moment On" achieved moderate commercial success. In the United States, the song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary and Country Songs component charts.[12] However, it failed to peak inside the Top 10 on the Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs component charts, peaking at #16 and #22, respectively.[12] On the chart compiled by Nielsen Soundscan, "From This Moment On" reached #4 on the Canadian Hot 100, while going to #1 on RPM's Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts.[13][14] In Australia, the track debuted at #32, and climbed to a new peak of #2 on its 11th week on the chart.[4] The song stayed on the chart for a total of 32 weeks, and was the 10th best selling single of 1998 in the country.[4] From This Moment On peaked inside the Top 10 in New Zealand, where it reached the position of #7.[15] The song failed to chart inside the Top 10 of a few European countries, such as France, Netherlands, and Sweden.[4] In the United Kingdom, the song debuted and peaked at #9 on the chart issue of 18 November 1998.[16]

Music video and live performances[edit]

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Paul Boyd.[17] It depicts Twain wearing a long dress and a bindi. She is walking down a hallway, attempting to go through several doors; however, they are all locked. Finally she finds an unlocked door, proceeds through it and finds an orchestra being led by a conductor. She stands in front and finishes singing the song. The video uses The Right Mix of the song. This re-recorded solo version features slightly more contemporized instrumentation and removes White's vocals. The version shown on Twain's video compilations "Come On Over: Video Collection" and "The Platinum Collection" adds a short outtake during filming, in which Twain accidentally broke off a doorknob, to the end of the video. "From This Moment On" has been performed on live with the Backstreet Boys and on every tour by Twain since its release.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version (with Bryan White) — 4:43
  • Album Version Radio Edit (with Bryan White) — 3:42
  • International Version — 4:43
  • The Single Mix (International Version Radio Edit) — 3:42
  • Solo/Vocal Remix — 3:42
  • International Version (with Bryan White) — 4:43
  • The Single Mix (with Bryan White) — 3:42
  • The Right Album Mix (North American International Version) — 5:00 (Known as 'The I.V. Mix in USA and Canada)
  • The Right Single Mix — 4:01 (Known as 'Pop Radio Mix' in USA and Canada)
  • Tempo Mix — 4:03
  • Dance Mix — 6:22
  • Soul Solution Extended Mix — 7:23 [18]
  • Soul Solution Radio Edit — 4:00[18]
  • Soul Solution Bonus Beats — 3:32[18]
  • Pop On Tour Version (appears on Greatest Hits) — 3:55
  • Live from Still the One: Live from Vegas 4:23

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] 2× Platinum 140,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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