World in Motion (Jackson Browne album)

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World in Motion
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 6, 1989
ProducerJackson Browne, Scott Thurston
Jackson Browne chronology
Lives in the Balance
World in Motion
I'm Alive

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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert Christgau(B)[3]
Rolling Stone Record Guide[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]

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]

Cash Box said of the title track that "Hackneyed late-’80s production (by Scott Thurston and the artist) and a way too literal political lyric ('Sun going down on the USA,' it starts out) make this AOR emphasis track a struggle to sit through, despite the warming presence of Bonnie Raitt."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Browne except where 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



  • Producers – Jackson Browne and Scott Thurston
  • Production Assistant – Bill Irvin
  • Engineers – James Geddes (Tracks 1–5 & 7–10); Paul Smykle (Track 6).
  • Additional Engineers – Terry Becker, Jim Nipar and David Tickle (Tracks 1–5 & 7–10); Phillippe Boisse and Roy Hendrickson (Track 6).
  • Assistant Engineers – Scott Blockland (Tracks 1–5 & 7–10); Ingmar Kiang (Track 6).
  • Recorded at Groove Masters (Santa Monica, CA); The Power Station (New York, NY); Island Studios (London, England); Studio Devout (Paris, France).
  • Mixed by David Tickle at Groove Masters
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Technical Engineer – Ed Wong
  • Art Direction and Design – Dawn Patrol and Jimmy Wachtel
  • Photography – Annie Leibovitz
  • Paintings – Francisco Letelier
  • Management – Donald Miller
  • Management Staff – Veronica Albano, Ty Braswell, Mike Sexton, Lisa Van Valkenburgh and Randall Wixen.


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 45

SinglesBillboard (United States)

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


  1. ^ Michael Granberry (August 26, 1989). "Jackson Browne, Hit by Sagging Album Sales, Faces Litmus Test". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "World in Motion > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "World in Motion > Review". Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Coleman, Mark. "World in Motion > Review". Rolling Stone.[dead link]
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  6. ^ Wednesday, Oscar (June 17, 1989). "Pure Pop for Now People" (PDF). Cash Box. p. 22. Retrieved December 21, 2022.