This ode to taking walks is close to Jim James' heart. Before he moved from Louisville, Kentucky to a one-bedroom apartment in New York, the frontman took the same 90-minute stroll nearly every day. He told Rolling Stone magazine: "It's very meditative. When the blood starts pumping, s--t comes out. Rhythms come, lines come, melodies come. A lot of the songs on Evil Urges came from those walks."
James described his songwriting process to American Songwriter Magazine: "Music usually comes first. A rhythm will come in my mind, and then a melody thing starts going. Usually, I'm excited about just singing, 'cause that's what I enjoy doing most. So if I'm making a demo, the beat and the vocal melody are like the two most important things to me. I'll also play guitar, just to have something to sing over and just to have some bass. But it's usually a beat and a melody that comes first. But sometimes on certain songs, it all falls out in a big clump. A song like 'Sec Walkin' off the new record was like that. It came all at once, but it came like 75 percent finished: there were one or two lines that I was still searching for throughout the process of playing it. So the songs come in a lot of different ways."
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.