A Place in the Sun (Lit album)

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A Place in the Sun
Lit - A Place In The Sun.jpg
Studio album by Lit
Released February 23, 1999
Recorded 1998
Studio NRG Studios, North Hollywood, California
Length 45:16
Label RCA
  • Lit
  • Don Gilmore
Lit chronology
Tripping the Light Fantastic
A Place in the Sun
Singles from A Place in the Sun
  1. "My Own Worst Enemy"
    Released: March 2, 1999
  2. "Zip-Lock"
    Released: September 28, 1999
  3. "Miserable"
    Released: April 17, 2000

A Place in the Sun is the second studio album by the American rock band Lit.


Produced by Don Gilmore, the album was released on February 23, 1999, through RCA Records. It is their first release through a major label. The song "No Big Thing", which originally appeared on their previous album Tripping the Light Fantastic, was re-recorded for this album.

On December 9, 2013, the band announced via its Facebook page that it would perform a special 15th anniversary show for A Place in the Sun, where the band would be playing the entire album from front to back on February 28, 2014, at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California.[3]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
CMJfavorable March 29, 1999 (p. 25)
Robert ChristgauC[4]
Melodic3/5 stars [5]
Q3/5 stars August 1999 (p. 107)

The album peaked at #31 on the US Billboard 200 and spawned the successful singles "My Own Worst Enemy", which reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart for eleven weeks, "Zip-Lock" and "Miserable". A Place in the Sun has been certified platinum by in sales by the RIAA, in the United States.

A Place in the Sun received mixed reviews. AllMusic's Leslie Matthew described it as "an album that is sonically more focused, but it also unfortunately makes the band sound like replicas of a dozen of their post-grunge contemporaries: neither Better Than Ezra or Less Than Jake."[2] At NME, the songs "My Own Worst Enemy" and "No Big Thing" are described as having "a hook as sharp and persistent as a leech." They go on to state "Gonzoid trash fun maybe, but how we got from The Dead Kennedys to here remains a mystery."[6] NME listed the album as one of "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic".[1]

The album was a massive influence on Eve 6's Horrorscope (2000), Good Charlotte's Good Charlotte (2000), American Hi-Fi's American Hi-Fi (2001), The All-American Rejects' Move Along (2005), and Zebrahead's Broadcast to the World (2006).[7]

Track listing[edit]

0."Untitled" (Hidden track that can be accessed by rewinding from the index of the first track by 1:38) 1:38
1."Four"A. Jay Popoff, Jeremy Popoff3:21
2."My Own Worst Enemy"A. Popoff, J. Popoff2:49
3."Down"A. Popoff, J. Popoff3:43
4."Miserable"A. Popoff, J. Popoff4:16
5."No Big Thing"J. Popoff2:32
6."Zip-Lock"A. Popoff, J. Popoff3:32
7."Lovely Day"A. Popoff, J. Popoff4:06
8."Perfect One"A. Popoff, J. Popoff4:09
9."Quicksand"A. Popoff, J. Popoff3:18
10."Happy"A. Popoff, J. Popoff2:50
11."The Best Is Yet to Come Undone"Danny Peck, A. Popoff, J. Popoff4:30
12."A Place in the Sun"A. Popoff, J. Popoff4:20
Total length:45:16
  1. "Bitter"
  2. "Money"
  3. "Down (acoustic)"
  4. "Snowblind"