In a favorable review, AllMusic's John Bush commented: "Taking their punk heritage from the Buzzcocks, Unwound write grinding, but tuneful songs. Most tracks rumble with a wandering bass while guitar fuzz coats the works. The vocals are intense, usually screamed. One atypical touch is the closer, a hypnotic quasi-ambient organ piece". In a mixed review, Jem Aswad of CMJ New Music Monthly praised the opening track, but criticized the album's consistency. The album's title inspired the name of Brooklyn synth band Future of What.