The album is available on vinyl, regular CD, special edition CD and DVD pack and digital download. A T-shirt was also made available with the album. The album was produced by Nick Launay, of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and Talking Heads production fame.
The special edition contains the regular CD album along with a DVD titled Monument, which features a 68-minute-long tour-film taken from the band's sold out show at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena in December 2007, including live performances and exclusive backstage footage. The first 500 special editions purchased through the band's website were sent out signed by one of the band members.
Prior to the album's release, Maxïmo Park released opening track "Wraithlike" as a free download and as a limited edition 7" vinyl single. The vinyl single was limited to 250 copies and was only available at the band's 24 March 2009 free concert in Newcastle. The first proper single from the album was "The Kids Are Sick Again", released 4 May 2009. The second single was "Questing, Not Coasting", released on 13 July 2009.
Critical reception for the album was generally mixed. Reviewing the album for Clash magazine, writer Steve Harris commented that "they haven't lost their knack for writing an infectious tune, and the album packs more punch than their previous long-player" and that Maxïmo Park could "become one of the summer's essential bands."Culturedeluxe also gave a largely positive review to the album.
Q magazine awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars, and commented that "Once again, Smith's lyrical camera is in macro mode, scrutinising love's tiny details....Smith's eccentricities still elevate Maxïmo Park above the guitar-pop herd."Paul Smith told Drowned in Sound that "In Another World (You Would've Found Yourself by Now)" is "about feeling self-righteous even though we all have similar primal impulses."