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December 2011 Archives

The Worst Album Covers of 2011

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The end of 2011 means that it is time for the "Best of" and "Worse of" lists to be published online and in magazines. This year, there were not as many disgusting album covers as we have seen in the past. There were not any animal mutilations or covers featuring feces and other bodily wastes.

However, there were covers featuring amputated limbs, a mutilated woman, and a nose or two being picked. There were also a couple of covers that are noteworthy for being poorly designed and disappointing to fans. My list of The Worst Album Covers of 2011 appears below in order from 10 to 1.

#10 The Cars - Move Like This

The Cars were once known for producing albums with memorable album covers. Unfortunately, the cover for their first new album in decades was a major disappointment. It featured stock photo backgrounds and strange silhouettes of the surviving band members.

Posted by: zeefritz
cars-moveli_07.jpg Buy Now #9 The Maine - Pioneer

The third album by Arizona rock band The Maine credits four people for design, art direction and other tasks required to produce an album cover. I just want to know which one of them applied the lipstick.

Posted by: zeefritz
maine-pionee_03.jpg Buy Now #8 The Limousines - Get Sharp

The debut album by San Francisco electronic band The Limousines was self-released in 2010 and released by Dangerbird Records in 2011. It is the only album cover I have ever seen that features a spit bubble. The photos that my niece takes of her baby blowing them are cute. This? Not so much.

Posted by: zeefritz
limous-getsha_04.jpg Buy Now #7 Teeth - Care Bear EP

Released by Moshi Moshi Records, the Care Bear EP by Teeth is somewhat of a mystery. At first glance, the image of a hirsute statute with money falling around it seems wacky. On closer inspection, one notices that the anus of the male figure is very detailed and unusually large. Creepy? Yep.

Posted by: zeefritz
teeth-carebe_03.jpg Buy Now #6 Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose

I read a review that compared the cover art for Screws Get Loose by American rock band Those Darlins to those of The Smiths. No. Sorry.

Posted by: zeefritz
thosed-screws_03.jpg Buy Now #5 You Love Her Coz She's Dead - S/T

The cover for the self-titled debut album by British electronic music duo You Love Her Coz She's Dead features a young woman with a safety pin jammed through her bloody lips. What else can I add besides the description? Uck! This makes nose picking look appealing.

Posted by: anetode
youlov-youlov_02.jpg Buy Now #4 Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra

The cover for the sixth studio album by American rock band Limp Bizkit is one of two revealed in 2011 that many fans immediately thought was a joke. The illustration by Wes Borland is certainly meant to be satirical. However, it is just a bit too weird to have been taken seriously.

Posted by: zeefritz
limpbi-goldco_11.jpg Buy Now #3 Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb - N.R.F.B.

Every year, I can count on some German band coming up with an objectionable album cover. Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb by N.R.F.B. features an inexplicable photo of amputees who appear to be using donkeys as crutches. Add the blatant attempt to shock us with a title that combines sex and violence and we've got a third-place winner for the "Worst of" list.

Posted by: zeefritz
nrfbnu-nrfbnu.jpg Buy Now #2 Lady Gaga - Born This Way

There is not much that I can add to the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about what is certainly the most controversial album cover of the year. When the cover for Lady Gaga's Born This Way was revealed online, the most common reaction was, "Where is the REAL cover?" Is it bad? Yes. Was it effective? Absolutely. The fact that it worked well as a marketing gimmick is the only thing that kept this monstrosity out of my #1 spot this year.

Posted by: zeefritz
ladyga-bornth_34.jpg Buy Now #1 Murder Junkies - Road Killer

My choice for the worst album cover of 2011 is a for an album that celebrates rape, murder and a hatred for women. In that light, the cover featuring a woman who has been brutally murdered and dumped by the side of the road like garbage is fitting. The only question that remains is, "What kind of person buys this kind of thing?"

Posted by: zeefritz
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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

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Deniece Williams - This is Niecy (1976)

Posted by: joepke
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Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week's new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. The last week of the year always consists of imports and odd U.S. releases. These are the last album covers for 2011.

Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Devin Townsend Project - Contain Us devint-contai_02.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Iron Saviour - The Landing ironsa-landin_02.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Marianas Trench - Ever After marian-everaf_02.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Meat Loaf - Hell in a Handbasket meatlo-hellin_02.jpg buy_now_240.gif
One Direction - Up All Night onedir-upalln_05.jpg buy_now_240.gif   The Saturdays - On Your Radar saturd-onyour_05.jpg buy_now_240.gif
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According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, New Album by the Japanese experimental band Boris is the best best album cover for the week of December 20, 2011. The cover received 77% of the votes cast by our readers. That is such a landslide, the covers in second and third place really don't deserve to listed. 

The album was actually released in Japan back in March. It was made available as a digital download earlier this month. The CD and LP versions were released in the U.S. by Sargent House on December 20.

I was not able to find credits for the art director and the artist who created the cover. If anyone knows the details, feel free to post a comment.

Posted by: zeefritz
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Editor's Choice: December 26, 2011

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Below are 10 noteworthy album and single covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.

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At the Movies: A Christmas Story

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For many people, watching the TBS marathon of the 1983 Christmas classic A Christmas Story has become a tradition. The marathon starts at 8:00 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve with the last showing at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. Some people even watch every showing.

In 2009, the original soundtrack for the film was released on CD by Rhino Records. It includes the original score by Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza and a version of Silent Night by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The cover art features the star of the film, Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker.

Posted by: Foundation
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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

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Various Artists - Elvis Found Alive (2012)

Posted by: zeefritz
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Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week's new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Boris - New Album boris-newalb_04.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Common - The Dreamer / The Believer common-dreame_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Of Monsters and Men - Into the Woods ofmons-intoth_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Roscoe Dash - J.U.I.C.E. EP rdash-juicee_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time! sharon-soulti_02.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Young Jeezy - TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition youngj-tm103h_04.jpg buy_now_240.gif
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According to our Album Art Exchange Blog poll, Rammstein's Made in Germany is the best album cover for the week of December 13, 2011. The cover received 37% of the votes cast by our readers. There was a tie for second place between Tori Amos' Night of Hunters Sin Palabras (Without Words) and Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths by Various Artists, which both received 27%. Welcome Reality by Nero was a distant third with only 7%.

The winning cover features photographs of plaster life mask castings of the band members. Art direction is credited to Büro Dirk Rudolph and photography to Alexander Robert Freund.
Posted by: zeefritz
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New iTunes TV ad features animated album covers

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A new TV commercial for iTunes and The Beatles features an animation of 12 of the band's album covers. It is drawing some minor criticism from fans of vinyl LPs who believe that digital music has put an end to the kind of cover art that is being used to promote it in this case. The video was uploaded to YouTube a few days ago and has received 3/4 of a million views with about 10 to 1 liking it. The animation is accompanied by The Beatles classic Magical Mystery Tour.

The AAX gallery includes over 800 scans and edited versions of the classic album covers and singles sleeves of The Beatles, including Magical Mystery Tour (right) and many rarities.


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Editor's Choice: December 19, 2011

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Below are 10 noteworthy album covers and single sleeves that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.

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Die Antwoord reveals TEN$ION album cover

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South African hip hop crew Die Antwoord has revealed the artwork for their forthcoming album TEN$ION. The album is scheduled to be released on February 7, 2012.

The cover features a photograph some kind of demonic angel eating a bloody heart. Based on the description, one would imagine this cover deserving a "WTF?!" reaction. However, the styling and photography are good enough to make this album cover interesting rather than completely repulsive. 

Posted by: zeefritz
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Adam Lambert reveals artwork for new single

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Adam Lambert has revealed the cover art for his forthcoming single Better Than I Know Myself. The single will be released in digital format on December 20, 2011. It is the first single from Lambert's 2012 album, Trespassing. The album is scheduled to be released on March 20, 2012.

Posted by: rljnunez
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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

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The Ting Tings - Sounds from Nowheresville (2012)

Posted by: zeefritz
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A look at some interesting holiday album covers

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AAX user Mediocrates has been busy uploading some very interesting holiday album covers and single sleeves. Below are 10 that I think great additions to the gallery. Many of these covers have been carefully restored.

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Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week's new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Anthony Hamilton - Back to Love ahamil-backto_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Jackie Evancho - Heavenly Christmas jevanc-heaven_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Nero - Welcome Reality nero-welcom.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Rammstein - Made in Germany rammst-madein_21.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Tori Amos - Night of Hunters Sin Palabras (Without Words) tamos-nighto_17.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Various Artists - Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths variou-please_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif
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Déjà Vu: Neon Trees vs. Goldfrapp and Cut Copy

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Here is a triple déjà vu moment delivered by the forthcoming single Everybody Talks by Neon Trees. The artwork has striking similarities to both Goldfrapp's Ride a White Horse and Cut Copy's 2004 album, Bright Like Neon Love. 

The heart-shaped sunglasses are unusual enough to spark a comparison between the singles. The red lips and the text on the glasses is more like the Cut Copy album. It is also interesting that the word "neon" is associated with two of the featured works.

Neon Trees - Everybody Talks (2011)

Posted by: zeefritz
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Goldfrapp - Ride a White Horse (2007)

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Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love (2004)

Posted by: zeefritz
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According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the posthumous Amy Winehouse album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, is the best album cover for the week of December 6, 2011. The album received 28% of the votes cast by our readers. Undun by The Roots was second with 25%. There was a tie for third between El Camino by The Black Keys and Chevelle's Hats Off to the Bull, which both received 16%.

The album cover is noteworthy for featuring a photograph taken by musician and photographer Bryan Adams. It is one of several taken a few years ago by Adams for a charity promotion.

Posted by: zeefritz
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Editor's Choice: December 12, 2011

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Below are 10 noteworthy album covers and single sleeves that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.

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Déjà Vu: Gloria Estefan vs. Josie Cotton

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There's no question that Josie Cotton did a much better job with the "girl in a convertible" concept than Gloria Estefan's recent attempt. What, Gloria? No fishnet stockings? Even without the appropriate leggings, this was still a déjà vu moment. (And I think Santana's mom would definitely wear fishnets.)

Josie Cotton - Convertible Music (1982)
 
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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

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Then and Now: Ringo Starr

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New and Notable: The 2 Bears

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When I saw the artwork for the forthcoming album by electronic music duo The 2 Bears, I was intrigued enough to look them up on YouTube. I am very glad that I did. Their single Work is a great '90s retro number that I can't quit listening to. The video is very interesting, too. It features meat, sausages, phallic balloons and a couple of older bearded guys getting shaves. I've never seen anything quite like it. The album is scheduled to be released in the U.K. on January 30, 2012 and in the U.S. on February 7. It is currently available for preorder through Amazon.com and iTunes.

Posted by: zeefritz
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Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week's new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Amy Winehouse - Lionessawineh-liones_04.jpg buy_now_240.gif   The Black Keys - El Camino blackk-elcami_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif
Chevelle - Hats Off to the Bull chevel-hatsof_03.jpg buy_now_240.gif   Korn - The Path of Totality korn-thepat.jpg buy_now_240.gif
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According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite Les Folies Live in London is the best album cover for the week of November 29, 2011. The album cover received 32% of the votes cast by our readers. Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall came in second with 25%. The Singles Collection 2001-2011 by Gorillaz was third with 18%.

The winning cover features a collage of images from Minogue's spectacular live show that was produced under the creative direction of fashion designer and theater director William Baker. The show features costumes designed by Dolce & Gabbana. While the artwork may seem to be a complete fantasy, it actually compares closely to many of the live photos of the production on Baker's official website.

Posted by: rljnunez
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Editor's Choice: December 5, 2011

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Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening

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Ill Bill - What's Wrong With Bill? (2004)

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The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to be released in digital formats on December 9, 2011 and on CD on December 27. Preorders can be made on the official soundtrack website and Amazon.com. The digipak version includes three CDs and a six-panel insert. A limited edition autographed deluxe version that includes vinyl and a USB drive is being sold for $300.

The cover art for the soundtrack (below) is a simplified version of the movie poster (right). The various covers and inserts for the packaging shown on the website are a bit more interesting than the white silhouette being used for the primary artwork. It is certainly not as compelling as the movie poster. One difference between the poster and the album cover that bothers me quite a bit is that what is obviously a nose ring on the poster looks like a glob of snot hanging from the girl's nose in silhouette. It really is a bad design mistake. I'm going to call her "the girl with the booger nose."

As a promotion for the album, a six-track sampler is being made available as a free download. The sampler is also included with preorders made through the official website.

Posted by: zeefritz
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WTF?! Anjulie

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It has been quite a long time since the cover art for an album or single has given me a genuine WTF?! reaction. While several have made me scratch my head, I can't remember the last time I actually said those three words out loud in reaction to cover art. That is until this evening when I saw the cover for Canadian pop singer Anjulie's forthcoming single Stand Behind the Music.

The cover features a rather horrific photograph of the artist hanging by neck from a musical note. I do not believe that I have ever seen anything quite like it. I guess if my stylist had dressed me in bathing suit and knee-high boots I would probably consider suicide, too. The single is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2011.

Posted by: zeefritz
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