It Still Moves

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It Still Moves
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2003
RecordedAbove the Cadillac Studios, Shelbyville, Kentucky
ProducerJim James
My Morning Jacket chronology
Chocolate and Ice
It Still Moves
Acoustic Citsuoca
Singles from It Still Moves
  1. "Run Thru"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Mahgeetah"
    Released: 2003
  3. "One Big Holiday"
    Released: 2004
  4. "Golden"
    Released: 2004
2016 reissue artwork
It Still Moves (Reissue) (Front Cover).png

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, as well as the final appearances of guitarist Johnny Quaid and keyboardist Danny Cash.

The album was remixed and reissued by ATO Records in May 2016.[2]

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."


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Blender4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Uncut5/5 stars[12]
The Village VoiceC[13]
  • 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
  • Village Voice: "...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[13]

The album currently has a score of 83 at critic aggregator site Metacritic.[3]

The album has sold 265,000 copies in the United States as of April 2016.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jim James.

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
Total length:71:48


  • 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



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


  1. ^ "Rolling Stone – The Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time". Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-30.. 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. ^ Chinen, Nate (April 3, 2016). "Jim James of My Morning Jacket on Lifting a 'Wet Blanket' Off a 2003 Album". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for It Still Moves by Morning Jacket". Metacritic. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "It Still Moves – My Morning Jacket". AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  5. ^ Salamon, Jeff (September 2003). "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Blender (19): 126. Archived from the original on January 3, 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ Farber, Jim (August 22, 2003). "Youth & Young Manhood / It Still Moves". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Q (119): 106. October 2003.
  8. ^ Tangari, Joe (September 17, 2003). "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  9. ^ "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Q (207): 111. October 2003.
  10. ^ Fricke, David (October 2, 2003). "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Rolling Stone (932). Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  11. ^ Crain, Zac (September 2003). "My Morning Macket: It Still Moves". Spin. 19 (9): 109. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  12. ^ "My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves". Uncut (76): 102. September 2003.
  13. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (September 16, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Shadows in the Cave". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016.

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