Album Art: Share your favorites (Image Intensive)

Either flipping through a vinyl crate or scouring bandcamp online the album art is, for me, an integral part of the choice in deciding to check out something completely new (or chose to read a particular album review). With so much music being released a good photograph or typographic choice helps to make something stand out where the reaction from the album art hopefully conveys something about the sound of the music. Or it can help deepen the relationship to an already established favorite when staring at the sleeve of the vinyl package.

So in honor of that share your favorites! Or the ones you dislike to albums you do like!

Here are some of my favorite from this year so far:

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two of my all time favorites

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Soulwax - Any Minute Now

And their remix of that album
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Soulwax - Nite Versions

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The Avalanches - Since I Left You

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Tesseract - Altered State

Protest the Hero - Scurrilous

Vulfpeck - The Beautiful Game

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Since I Left You is quite gorgeous. It feels like a small detail of some bigger painting which feels fitting to an album built from samples. Had not seen that Protest the Hero art either, quite lovely composition and play on classical paintings/stories. And the Vulfpeck one gave me a laugh. Almost a little uncanny since I so want there to be a football by his feet, it so accentuates his stance is a pose and not a natural movement of playing the beautiful game.

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I don’t listen to them anymore but I always loved Tool’s Lateralus artwork.

The cover is composed of several translucent layers


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The original artwork for what I posted in the previous post (Flying Teapot by Gong), Strange Days by The Doors, and We’re Only In It for the Money by The Mothers of Invention. Also one more to close it out: Indestructible by Art Blakey. Blue Note’s entire aesthetic is more than worthy of praise.

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That Scurrilous album cover is :ok_hand:

One of my all time favourites is the cover of Kraftwerk’s Radioactivity; it’s been my phone background ever since I saw it.

I am utterly obsessed with the Manic Street Preachers - possibly an all time fan (don’t @ me), and although they’re not my favourite albums the Jenny Saville covers for The Holy Bible and Journal For Plague Lovers are amazing. Ridiculous that the latter was banned in some supermarkets…

That being said, it’s the 10th anniversary of Send Away The Tigers, and it’s being rereleased and that cover is amazing

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Kid A - Radiohead

I love most of Radiohead’s album art, but this is the one I always think of first. It looks like a stage in Rez.

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Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective

Sure, optical illusions are gimmicky. This one really puts across the watery feel of the actual music. It’s really striking when holding the real thing in your hands and looking at it.

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My favourite post-apocalyptic album. The deep red vinyl cover with the photograph glued on just sells the mood to me.

f#a# (Infinity) - Godspeed You Black Emperor

I have lots of favourites​ that I can’t remember right now. But these 3 always come to mind.

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Kid A is not only my favourite Radiohead album (and a top 5 all timer) but also has one of the best liner booklets evdr

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Terminal Redux by Vektor and The Paradise Gallows are both breathtaking album art for me, personally

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Frank Ocean - Blond

The Hotelier - Home, Like No Place is There
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Why? - ■■■■■■ Snow
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Convextion - 2845

Boris - Feedbacker
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Juvenile - 400 Degreez

Halmens - 20th Century Halmens
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I’m that guy who preferred Trouble Will Find Me to High violet. I know. That’s a stormer of an art tho.

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3001 A Laced Odyssey (Flatbush Zombies)

Blank Embrace (moment of)

Common Courtesy (A Day To Remember)

Folie A Deux (Fall Out Boy)

Goddess (Banks)

Hell Can Wait (Vince Staples)

Homesick (A Day To Remember)

Lil Uzi Vert vs The World (Lil Uzi Vert)

Princess (ABRA)

RTJ3 (Run The Jewels)

Run The Jewels 2 (Run The Jewels)

Gulag Orkestar (Beirut)
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Songs About Jane (Maroon 5)
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Sunbather (Deafheaven)
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The Perfect Luv Tape (Lil Uzi Vert)

Thesis (King Avriel)

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Sunbather by deafheaven is not just an amazing cover but also album

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Your Juvenile cover reminded me of the GOAT cover from that era:
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note the glint off the bear’s fingernail :joy:

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