The 5 Worst Album Covers of 2012
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

  • Posted by: Andrew Gruttadaro

Despite how good music continues to be, some artists still can't wrap their heads around the delicate nature of cover art. While some have actually been hindered by the technological advancements of graphic design and have gone off the deep end, others just don't know where to begin. And as has been true in the history of music, sometimes people just have stupid ideas. Here are the five worst album covers of 2012, the ones so bad they sort of hurt their music.

5. Twin Shadow - Confess



Okay George Lewis Jr., we get it - Twin Shadow is totally 80s. That doesn't mean you have to look like the villain from an Off-Broadway production of The Lost Boys.

4. Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Colour



Here's how Brother Ali's cover art brainstorming session probably went:

"You're Muslim, right? And your album has the word, 'America' in it? I've got it - we'll have you kneel down on an American flag like you're praying to Muhammad! It's gonna be so shocking and cool!"

3. Bob Dylan - Tempest



Just way too many things happening here - it reeks of a first-time Photoshop user. Two incongruent fonts and colors for the type-face, a meaningless photo of a sculpture in the background, and a pointless black strip on the left. For the most veterate artist around, this album cover looks horribly amateur. Speaking of amateur...

2. Baio - Sunburn EP



Hey I used to make designs just like this, when I was seven and learned how to use Paint. You're in Vampire Weekend, dude, you're better than this.

1. Cee Lo Green - Cee Lo's Magic Moment



Oh, boy. Someone's been spending too much time spinning around in a chair. Just in case you can't see, Cee Lo isn't even controlling his Rolls Royce full of toys. Nope, that'd be the well-dressed, chauffeur reindeer.


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