Almost the entire album was remixed by producer Niven Garland at the record company's insistence to make it more radio-friendly for the band's German market.
"Summer Moved On" (edit), "Minor Earth Major Sky" (remix) and "Velvet" (edit) were commercially released as singles. "I Wish I Cared" was an Internet download single, accompanied by an internet-only music video—one of the first of its kind.
Jayne Howarth of The Birmingham Post gave the album a mixed review writing, "It was grown-up ballad stuff and a few attempts at light pop but it didn't work and some of the vocals were, frankly, strained. There were a couple of bright spots, apart from the opener - The Sun Never Shone That Day and I Wish I Cared - and although it was a grower, I fear the CD is condemned to stay on the CD shelf."
Minor Earth Major Sky debuted at number one on the Norwegian Albums Chart. In Germany, the album became a-ha's first number-one album. The album charted at number 27 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was not released in the U.S. although it got up to number 39 in the Heatseekers chart. This album got platinum certifications in Norway and Germany and gold in Austria, Spain and Switzerland.