Cover art for Justin Bieber’s holiday album revealed

From the photograph used on the cover of Justin Bieber’s forthcoming holiday album, it appears that the title should have been Reindeer in the Headlights rather than Under the Mistletoe. This it yet another in a long string of amateurish album covers for one of today’s most successful recording artists.

The photograph looks like a mugshot with Bieber shoved against a wall and taken with one of those old fashioned flash bulbs that leave the subject washed out and a dark shadow. The glitter typography appears to have been borrowed from Ke$ha or Jennifer Lopez. The black leather jacket is not appropriate for a holiday album.

Apparently, a music video was made for the album that included an elaborate set, a Santa Claus, and decorations. That makes this boring album cover even more puzzling. I don’t get it. This kid makes millions and it looks like this album cover cost around $150 to make.

Posted by: zeefritz

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At the Movies: Dream House

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The horror film Dream House opened in theaters today. The film stars Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts and was directed by Jim Sheridan. The plot is fairly standard. A New York City family moves into a creepy house in New England and learn that it was the location of a brutal murder.

The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2011. The music for the film was composed by John Debney (Predators, Evan Almighty, Iron Man 2). The cover art for the album is a square version of the movie poster. It features two little girls blending into wallpaper. It is obviously intended to be similar to the image of the creepy sisters from the horror classic The Shining (above right).

Posted by: zeefritz

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Big Fresh includes playable board game with Moneychasers album

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Including a board game in the packaging of an album is not a new idea. However, the forthcoming album by Kentucky music collective Big Fresh features what is perhaps the best application of the concept that I have come across. The album is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2011.

In 1979, the Canadian rock band Triumph included a board game with their album Just a Game. The game was really more of a joke and designed so that it could not be completed. Another notable example is the 2009 album Peace Boat by Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band. The CD included a folded poster than resembled a board game.

The Big Fresh album is perhaps the first album to include a fully playable board game (above right) with rules included. The art director for the project was Chad Stockfleth and the graphic design was done by Wes Keeton. Not only did they capture the look of a vintage Milton Bradly board game, they have also created a work of biting satire.

This album cover reminds me of some of the 1970s era designs by the British design group Hipgnosis, such as 10cc’s How Dare You! It presents a nostalgic image and provides social commentary about materialism and greed. 

Everything about this album cover design is perfect. The photograph is priceless. The fonts looks like the ones used for the typical classic 1970s board game. You can actually imagine this being a dusty box on a closet shelf.

Posted by: zeefritz

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Which album cover is the best for the week of September 27, 2011?

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.

Blink 182 – Neighborhoods
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  Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot III
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Mastodon – The Hunter
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  Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Box Set
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Switchfoot – Vice Verses
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  Wilco – The Whole Love
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The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack album cover revealed

The cover art for the The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack has been revealed. The deluxe version of the album is currently available on iTunes and includes an immediate download of the Bruno Mars track It Will Rain. The album is scheduled for release on November 8, 2011. It is also available for pre-order from Amazon.com.

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Night of Hunters by Tori Amos voted the best album cover for the week of September 20, 2011

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of September 20, 2011 is Night of Hunters by Tori Amos. The cover ran a close race race with Heritage by Opeth. Night of Hunters ended up with 31% of the vote. The Opeth album received 28%. Patton Oswalt’s Finest Hour and the self-titled album by SuperHeavy tied for third place with 13% each.

The winning album cover features a photograph of Amos credited to fashion and beaty photographer Victor De Mello. De Mello is primarily known for his work in fashion magazines. He has also exhibited collections at galleries in Paris, Geneva, New York and London.

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Editor’s Choice: September 26, 2011

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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