Music journalist Carl Brown Jr. of the Reading Eagle named "Never Turn Away" as the standout track from Junk Culture, calling it "a soft, subtle song that succeeds from both a melodic and lyrical viewpoint".AllMusic critic Ned Raggett also singled out the "elegiac" number as one of the album's highlights.
The song "Wrappup" is a dubbed version of "All Wrapped Up" (which features on Junk Culture). The second B-side, a live version of "Waiting for the Man", only featured on the extended version of the single (the extended version of "Never Turn Away" has an extra verse added to the song). The live of "Waiting for the Man" was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon. Picture discs include a unique extended version of "Never Turn Away".