After the release of his previous album Today, Junkie XL announced that he was no longer signed to the record labelRoadrunner Records, and that all future albums would be self-released. However, by March 2007 video game developer Electronic Arts and music company Nettwerk announced their new joint venture, the record label Artwerk, to which they had already signed Junkie as their "flagship artist". Junkie had previously appeared on several EA game soundtracks, and even produced the soundtrack to Forza Motorsport, making him an ideal candidate. Artwerk announced their first studio album release with Junkie, Booming Back at You, in December. The title "Booming Back at You" was inspired by Junkie's fellow producers, Freq Nasty and Yonderboi. They also confirmed the album's first single "More", which was already available for download from various retailers and had been featured in the soundtrack of Need for Speed: ProStreet. The Song Mad Pursuit, which is featuring Electrocute, is also on the soundtrack of UEFA Euro 2008 and FIFA 09. The album itself was released on 11 March 2008 in the Netherlands and the United States.
Booming Back at You has received mixed, but generally positive reviews from a wide range of professional music critics. David Jeffries, a reviewer for Allmusic, described the album as "reliable and unoriginal", and said that it was "...not enough to raise him above 'the guy who remixed Elvis' and no great disappointment either". More favourably, Billboard writer Kerri Mason praised Junkie XL for creating "a fully realized, addictive long-player", and related some songs on the album to British electronic duo Goldfrapp. Music magazine Q said that some of the songs had "a slightly dated stadium-house feel", but conceded that "when [Junkie] thrills, he truly thrills".
Booming Back at You enjoyed some moderate success in the 2008 album charts. On 22 March it debuted in the Dutch Album Chart, peaking at number 59 and remaining in the chart for three weeks. It then entered the BillboardTop Electronic Albums chart at number eleven on 29 March, becoming the first album by Junkie XL to chart in the United States.