It Still Moves

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It Still Moves
Studio album by My Morning Jacket
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded Above the Cadillac Studios, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Genre Rock, indie rock, southern rock,
Length 71:48
Label ATO
Producer Jim James
My Morning Jacket chronology
Chocolate and Ice
(2000)
It Still Moves
(2003)
Acoustic Citsuoca
(2004)

It Still Moves is the third album by the rock band My Morning Jacket. The album garnered positive reviews and is often considered the band's best work alongside Z. The song "Run Thru" is included in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs".[1] The album also marks the first appearance of drummer Patrick Hallahan.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jim James.

  1. "Mahgeetah" – 5:56
  2. "Dancefloors" – 5:38
  3. "Golden" – 4:39
  4. "Master Plan" – 5:05
  5. "One Big Holiday" – 5:21
  6. "I Will Sing You Songs" – 9:18
  7. "Easy Morning Rebel" – 5:09
  8. "Run Thru" – 5:45
  9. "Rollin' Back" – 7:50
  10. "Just One Thing" – 3:13
  11. "Steam Engine" – 7:26
  12. "One in the Same" – 6:23

Album art[edit]

The album cover and art work for It Still Moves shows one of the giant stuffed bears that are always displayed on stage when the band performs live. Drummer Patrick Hallahan told Rolling Stone magazine that "[the bears are] our spirit animal guides. They make sure we're going in the right direction."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (83%)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Filter (8.8/10)[4]
No Ripcord 9/10 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[6]
PopMatters (favorable)
Robert Christgau (C)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin 4/5 stars
Splendid (A)[9]
Stylus (8.6/10)[2]
Uncut 5/5 stars[2]
  • Allmusic: "My Morning Jacket may be a journey through the past, but it's also a solid step into something rock & roll has been missing...melody, extremely catchy and well-written songs... and a love of the great pop continuum that translates into something new." Grade: 4/5
  • Pitchfork Media:"It Still Moves...[is] an album by turns beautiful and possessed, by others raucous and fiery. My Morning Jacket have made the move to the bigs in tremendous style...[the album's length, its one major flaw] is a small concern considering the riches that await inside." Grade: 8.3/10
  • Spin Magazine: "This time, the band lug the still-smoking amps from their lightning-strike live show into the studio and let the noise chase the midnite vultures away." Grade: 9.1/10
  • Robert Christgau: "...and I guess his (Jim James's) boys are trickier than Crazy Horse, just not in any way you haven't heard before. Then there's his filtered drawl, his straitened tune sense, his lyrics you feel cheated straining for, his 12 songs in 72 minutes." Grade: C

The album currently has a score of 83 at critic aggregator site Metacritic.[2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Jim James - vocals, guitars, artwork
  • Johnny Quaid - guitars, vocals, artwork
  • Tom Blankenship - bass
  • Patrick Hallahan - drums
  • Danny Cash - keyboards, artwork, graphic design, layout design
  • Niko Bolas – studio construction
  • Bill Burrs – A&R
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Sam Erickson – photography, cover art
  • Jim James – producer
  • Danny Kadar – engineer, mixing
  • Michael MacDonald – A&R
  • Archie Mitchell – engineer
  • Kathy Olliges – artwork
  • Linda Park – artwork
  • Jojo Pennebaker – photography, cover art
  • Steve Ralbovsky – A&R
  • Lester Snell – horn arrangements

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 121
2004 Billboard Top Heatseekers 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rolling Stone - The Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time at the Wayback Machine (archived May 30, 2008). Retrieved 2011-01-24. "Jim James and Johnny Quaid played the swaggering guitars on this Southern-gothic rave-up, with Skynyrd's heft and early Sabbath's slow-motion pace. And Two-Tone Tommy's thumping bass riff proved guitars don't get all the best licks. And when Carl Broemel replaced Quaid in 2004, 'Run Thru' got heavier live — like 'Free Bird' and 'Kashmir' combined."
  2. ^ a b c d "Reviews of It Still Moves by Morning Jacket". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom (2003-09-09). "((( It Still Moves > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. ^ "It Still Moves reviews at". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  5. ^ "Music Reviews | My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves | No Ripcord - Independent Music & Film Magazine". No Ripcord. 2003-11-23. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  6. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Pitchforkmedia.com. 2003-09-17. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  7. ^ "CG: my morning jacket". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Nathan Joyce. "Splendid Magazine reviews My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Splendidezine.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03.