Now that the decade has officially come to an end, it is time to publish my lists of the best album covers of the decade, 2000 to 2009. I know that many websites begin publishing their “best of” lists in December, but I wanted to wait until after New Year’s Day. Otherwise, people just keep publishing their lists earlier and earlier — kind of like putting up Christmas decorations in October.
An honorable mention goes to Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The optical illusion is created by a unique combination of art and science, thanks to Japanese Psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka.
Honorable Mention: Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
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Number five on my list of the best album cover illustrations is Beastie Boys To the 5 Boroughs. The album cover features an amazing illustration of the New York City skyline. The design was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2005.
#5 Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs (2004)
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Number four on my list is the cover of 10,000 Days by Tool. It is a very unusual painting done in black and silver tones. I believe it is one of the first album covers that really looks best on a high resolution computer monitor. Shifting your gaze brings out more detail. The design won the Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2007.
#4 Tool - 10,000 Days (2006)
In third place is the self-titled album from Dirty Vegas. This album cover was nominated for a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2003.
#3 Dirty Vegas - Dirty Vegas (2002)
In second place is The Fogotten Arm by Amie Mann. This retro illustration of a boxing match won the Grammy for Best Recording Package in 2006. The cover is designed to look like that of a pulp fiction novel.
#2 Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm (2005)
My choice for the best album cover illustration is of the entire decade is Attics to Eden by Madina Lake. The fantasy painting by fine artist/illustrator Lynden St. Victor is one of the few that I would like to frame and hang on my wall.
#1 Madina Lake - Attic to Eden (2009)
I know that there were many other great album cover illustrations created during the decade. Like most “best of” lists for the decade, several of my favorites are from this year — that’s due as much to changing tastes and styles as lack of memory. If I’ve left out one of your favorites, let me know by posting a comment.