The first piece of album art I ever fell in love with was Michael Jackson’s Dangerous cover. A surreal, futuristic collage of animals posing as royalty and an airbrushed set of eyes, emulating the musician, was the personification of cool. Since then, I’ve always had an eye for interesting record and CD design. After all, musicians are artists, respectively, and the kind of art they choose to represent their albums says a lot about their brand and even the kind of music they produce. With records and CDs becoming nearly extinct, being replaced by downloadable MP3s, the act of going to the record store and buying music from your favorite artist is a thing of the past. As a result, some musicians are seriously lacking in their inventiveness when it comes to album art. Photoshop editing, bad graphics and jarring fonts (or just plain boring photographs) seem to be the norm but there are some musicians that still take pride in the artistic side of making music that goes beyond melody, lyrics and chords. Here are 5 albums/artists of 2013 that understand the importance of attention-grabbing album art.
August 26, 2013