The track "Between Bare Trees" was inspired by the love of nature that drummer and lyricist Steve Hindalong shares with his wife, Nancy. Explaining this song in an interview with Songfacts, he said: "She can identify most trees by their bark, seed and leaf. Through her eyes I have learned to appreciate the structure and beauty of bare trees. And it brings to mind the importance of transparency in a relationship."
Burning Like the Midnight Sun has received some of the most positive reviews of any album in the band's career. Jeff Eibel, writing for the Spin Control column in the Chicago Sun-Times, called The Choir's latest release "a late-career triumph," and remarked that Midnight Sun was the band's "second exceptional album in a row, and its best since 1990's landmark Circle Slide." Christianity Today′s Andrew Greer highlighted the band's ability to create "smooth musical clarity to contrast the murky exploration of everyday faith," while The Phantom Tollbooth′s Derek Walker called Midnight Sun a "sonic delight" and The Choir's "most cohesive, melodic and atmospheric collection to date." In QRO Magazine, writer Lloyd Epperly claimed that Midnight Sun mines "similar sonic textures as The Church and Cocteau Twins," and added that "it's as if all the pieces came together this time," while Cross Rhythms contributor Lins Honeyman simply called the album "[an] exemplary release."