In 2010, after the band's reunion in the previous years, rumours started about possible commemorative shows given the 20th anniversary of the record. In 2012, a small string of such shows in Japan was announced. In January 2014, the band confirmed they would be performing Pornograffiti in its entirety on their 2014 Europe and UK tour.
Musically, Pornograffitti is dominated by hard rock guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and fastsoloing. "More Than Words", a gentle acoustic ballad, and "Hole Hearted", an acoustic folk song, were perhaps the least representative tracks on the album, both in terms of their musical style and thematic tone.
The album garnered admiration for lead guitarist Nuno Bettencourt from rock guitar enthusiasts. Bettencourt was voted "Best New Talent" in a 1991 readers' poll by Guitar World magazine, and that magazine later named him "Most Valuable Player" of 1991. The album also gained continual exposure in other guitar playing publications such as Guitar School.
The album is a concept album in which many of the songs explore how sex, money, and excess are viewed, exploited, and trivialized in American culture, although the album's two biggest hit songs ("More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted") deal more generally with the topics of love and relationships. Broader themes hint at the decadence of modern American society in general.