The album has received Platinum status in the UK. When it was originally released, a limited edition version was available with a bonus CD containing a live performance in Japan. A Certain Trigger sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.
Uncut (p. 102) – 3 stars out of 5 – "[T]here's a romantic soul at play. Frontman Paul Smith loves the dejections of the north as much as Jarvis Cocker."
CMJ (No. 914, p. 4) – "These five lads resurrect the trembling, trebly power chords and literate sensibilities of bands like Wire and the Fall...Maximo Park's brand of guitar pop is distinctly British and pogo-ready."
Mojo (p. 96) – 3 stars out of 5 – "[T]he Geordie five-piece's inspired and eccentric debut deserves to catapult them well ahead of their Scottish peers."