World in Motion (Jackson Browne album)

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World in Motion
Studio album by Jackson Browne
Released June 6, 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Rock
Length 46:52
Label Elektra
Producer Jackson Browne, Scott Thurston
Jackson Browne chronology
Lives in the Balance
(1986)
World in Motion
(1989)
I'm Alive
(1993)

World in Motion is the ninth album by American singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, released in 1989 (see 1989 in music). It peaked at number 45 on The Billboard 200 and was Browne's first album to obtain neither Gold nor Platinum status. The album took three years to complete and makes statements about nuclear disarmament and the "secret" government that brought forth Oliver North and the Iran-Contra scandal.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (B) [3]
Rolling Stone Record Guide (2.5 stars) [4]

The critical reviews of World in Motion were lukewarm. Music critic William Rulhmann wrote "Except for the gloomy viewpoint, it was hard to recognize the Jackson Browne of his first few albums amid all the commentary, and even if you agreed with his overall political stance, that was disappointing."[2] Critic Robert Christgau commented that the best songs were the ones Browne did not write.[3] Rolling Stone wrote, "Steven Van Zandt's 'I Am a Patriot' is the only truly memorable song on Browne's trilogy of protest albums."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jackson Browne except as noted.

  1. "World in Motion" (Browne, Craig Doerge) – 4:24
  2. "Enough of the Night" – 4:54
  3. "Chasing You into the Light" – 4:16
  4. "How Long" – 6:10
  5. "Anything Can Happen" – 5:05
  6. "When the Stone Begins to Turn" – 4:48
  7. "The Word Justice" (Browne, Scott Thurston) – 4:18
  8. "My Personal Revenge" (Tomás Borge, Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, translation by Jorge Calderón) – 4:02
  9. "I Am a Patriot" (Steven Van Zandt) – 4:02
  10. "Lights and Virtues" – 4:53

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jackson Browne, Scott Thurston
  • Engineers: Terry Becker, James Geddes, Jim Nipar, David Tickle
  • Assistant engineer: Scott Blockland
  • Mixing: David Tickle
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Production assistant: William Irvin
  • Technical engineer: Ed Wong
  • Art direction: Dawn Patrol, Jimmy Wachtel
  • Design: Dawn Patrol, Jimmy Wachtel
  • Photography: Annie Leibovitz
  • Paintings: Francisco Letelier

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 45

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Anything Can Happen" Adult Contemporary 23
1989 "Chasing You into the Light" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1989 "World in Motion" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Granberry (August 26, 1989). "Jackson Browne, Hit by Sagging Album Sales, Faces Litmus Test". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "World in Motion > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "World in Motion > Review". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Mark. "World in Motion > Review". Rolling Stone.