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.
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." 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."NME listed the album as one of "20 Pop Punk Albums Which Will Make You Nostalgic".