So basically, stylish simplicity = bad; garish vulgarity = amazing.
...about the Passion Pit album cover?
Actually, it isn't the worst album cover of the year, its the worst album cover of all time.
What a bell.
It more the faux-hardman posturing on a liliput in a clearing that got me. But a good call.
I don't mind Dizzee Rascal wearing his own merch.
... and this cover sprung to my head immediately... absolute pants!
is the worst album cover of all time. but this one is pretty bad.
passion pit cover is incredibly dull.
black lips is not very clever and pretty ugly.
animal collective is pretty boring and thoughtless
dirty projectors is a bit rubbish, certainly lazy art direction
sonic youth is poorly designed (i could take or leave the painting itself, but the actual design is rubbish)
The Pains... is dull also. would be acceptable if they hadnt rolled it out onto all of their merch and 7" covers with minor (and poor) colour variations
i really like The XX cover
the big X is diecut and the white shows the inner sleeve. There is an insert which folds out into a big poster that has all these abstract images for each song which you can see across their 7"s. Its good stuff.
It looks like it was made by *me* on Paint when I was 15 and designing album covers for my imaginary band.
bells and whistles do not equal good design.
I think you're missing my point here; let me reiterate: It looks like it was made by a 15-year-old on MS Paint.
you cant even draw smooth diagonals on MS paint so NER.
sounds pretty good to me.
they designed this when they were 15 on MS Paint. They're pretty young like. The vinyl looks sexy too
the Cd has the white as the inner sleeve as well, so when you take it out there's an X-shaped whole in the front.
I really like that album's artwork too.
It's far from thoughtless, it's the perfect image to accompany their music. DP's cover is also great, I don't see what's lazy about it, or at least, what's any lazier than the XX cover.
freely available and seen on the internet, not manipulated or made interesting in anyway that i am not even convinced works particularly well when printed in comparison to on screen? = probably not a lot of thought or effort went into it.
It is evident (from a designers perspective) that more thought and effort went into the XX sleeve with the die cuts and various inserts. Also, is it not the perfect accompaniment for their music? Simple, minimal and sleek? The dirty projectors cover is dull to look at straight off the bat and when you look through the whole sleeve its obvious that the idea is half baked and doesnt really go very far. The colours arnt very nice either, too primary.
The cover image for the xx is boring. It's just an x. I don't see how the DP's album cover is any duller, in fact, it's a very striking image. And you're just wrong about the Animal Collective cover. Check the like that theShipment posted below, an interview with the guy who designed both DP's and AC's covers.
I am a designer and designer bullshit is completely transparent to me. What he says, basically, is that he did not come up with any real idea for the the DP cover, instead, the front man of DP wanted a cover that evoked one of their earlier covers. In fairness, he has NAILED doing that. He talks about "the female form" and stuff which basically means "girls are pretty and look good on the front of stuff". He then talks about how it looks like the light is coming from behind them, when infact, it was "composited" (aka stuck together, so one photo with the light on the right and one photo with the light source on the left). Its difficult to praise such a mundane idea considering a) it requires very little technical skill, and b) he recognises himself that no even noticed. As for the blue and red dots, so what like theyre minds are connected or theyre communicating through some kind of means other than speaking? I dont even know why im supposed to care about that or why that is exciting, intriguing or interesting. Also, straight up, i dont like the red or the blue colours, theyre ugly and too primary.
As for the animal collective cover, here is a direct quote from the interview:
"Yeah, the gesture itself is very simple, but it's actually based on some pretty academic research by this Japanese optical theorist. We actually ended up having to-- even though it was recreated and redrawn-- we had to license it from him, just because we didn't want him to sue for stealing ideas."
So he had the idea of putting an optical illusion on the cover (fair play) read some books about optical illusions (fair play) then just picked the one he liked the best (ok...) and then re drew it (waste of time). He even acknowledges that they stole the idea and they stole the artwork. He then goes on to talk about engaging with the packaging which is absolutely great and how it should be, but thats barely what hes done. Appropriating the art work of someone else and just sticking it on the cover is boring and lazy, thats why i dont like the Manic Street Preachers cover that someone else posted in this thread as one that they like.
I dont understand why you can bum the hell out of these two ugly and poorly designed covers and be so short sighted about the XX cover. Its not just an X though is it. Its a bold, stark X on a jet black background. You praised the AC cover before for being "the perfect accompaniment to their music", then what is the XX cover?
I don't care about how much technical skill it requires, and I couldn't care less about how hard it was for the designer to put it together. Either the image catches my eye and relates to the music or it doesn't. The reason the Animal Collective image works is that the band has changed the sonic space of their music so much over the years that it seems as soon as you think you're abreast of what they're doing, they shift into their next form. An image that shifts as you start to look at it closely is the perfect accompaniment to their music. You said that the image was "thoughtless" and had no meaning. This is incorrect. The DP's cover is a bit inscrutable, but so is their music. I'm not really "bumming" anything here, I just happen to like these particular album covers. I'd say the XX cover is a great accompaniment to their music, and their music doesn't happen to be to my taste.
however, I think the Animal Collective and Dirty Pro's covers are really stunning, and immediately memorable. I think the same dude did them both. Pitchfork started up this column you may be interested in:
XX is meh, its a pretty obvious solution.
Stylish simplicity (?)
and I'm not sure that the first one isn't amazing.
The Shrinebuilder cover looks like a camden market poster- bad?
That second one looks like a pretty shabby photo collage
but it reminds me of the cover for Battles EP C / B EP a lot
i can't think of any i disliked
he's a Scotish dude that makes glitchy off-kilter hip-hop that sounds a bit like Outkast gone wrong.
he does have this on his myapce though
I was going to post the Hudson Mohawke one its ace innit! That XX one is kind of dull I agree even with the fancy cut out business.
I like this
although i think the type is a little too big
and this is just the peak of underground homemade mixtape covers
http://www.pedestrian.tv/uploads/images/blogs/4a4998a422110/embryonic452.jpg couldnt really think of anyothers
i assume wayne coyne did it? doesnt he always do the flaming lips sleeves. I am actually really excited to hear that record too.
i really like this
although i am not 100% sure why.
I like this:
The new Kraftwerk remastered series are pretty nice, I love the new TEE:
This would probably look great with better text, as it is, the text totally ruins it:
this is the best
http://drownedinsound.com/releases/14146/reviews/4136384 (probably my favourite!)
http://images.drownedinsound.com/images/51613.jpeg (this was actually meant to be white, like white album!?)
I know it shouldn't but it really does make me think again about buying or listening to their albums every time I see whatever fresh horror they've okay'd
its interesting that you would pick two covers as ones you like which just appropriate paintings by famous artists and slap a bit of type on the top. Good paintings, but dull covers and lazy design, no?
Ditch that Japanese guy and just use Pete Fowler again from now on guys!
Bad! Seriously, really bad!
As far as I'm concerned you just can't go wrong with a big bird and pink electric font.
POS -Never Better
KRS One and Buckshhot - Survival Skills
Myka 9 - 1969
nice and simple
http://tinyurl.com/y92ap7q - gui boratto
worst - ill have to agree with you with the xx
that gui boratto one is good, but I don't like it at all
Chromophobia had a great cover, but the new Gui Boratto one just screams "Euro-trance".
i've always really liked it.
I think its a really strong piece of design, memorable and totally suits their music.
oh and people who use the "I can do that in 5 minutes" are the same as those who say that "my kid could paint that" about modern art or Daily Mail readers as they're otherwise known....
"While it is quite self-evidently shit, I'm nonetheless going to construe some deeper meaning behind the self-evident shitness which I can appreciate and then refer to, either directly or indirectly, whilst I'll tell everyone I think the painting is amazing", a.k.a. pretentious morons?
Meant more that stuff that appears simple isn't necessarily simple or easy to make.
More a comment on knee jerk reactions is all.
and also really like the phantom band cover too.
really good or terrifyingly bad?
But i applaud their efforts. I have it on a mug now, which I bought at the Manchester gig this week, and it sits on my desk at work, freaking me out..... I think it's the thought of excessive amounts of paint on clothes and hair which makes me cringe a little.....
Seriously XX. There's a fine line between minimalistic and lazy. There are a lot of really bad ones, as evidenced by this topic.
As for the best: Yeah Yeah Yeahs is all I can think off.
what the fuck ever happened to Empire Of The Sun anyway?
but it's still absolutely ridiculous, much like their music.
I feel strongly about this now.
just like the cd inside. fitting really
much better pic here:
album cover is pretty awful, and is a shame as its a good album. The Wu-related stuff tends to be a bit rubbish.
Menomena, both albums and EP.
but they weren't done this year.
I think it's well good.
runs the Ian Brown one close I think...
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
Modest Mouse - No One's First, and You're Next
Maps - Turning the Mind
and I 72nd the Ian Brown cover
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