The Worst Album Covers of 2011

The end of 2011 means that it is time for the “Best of” and “Worse of” lists to be published online and in magazines. This year, there were not as many disgusting album covers as we have seen in the past. There were not any animal mutilations or covers featuring feces and other bodily wastes.

However, there were covers featuring amputated limbs, a mutilated woman, and a nose or two being picked. There were also a couple of covers that are noteworthy for being poorly designed and disappointing to fans. My list of The Worst Album Covers of 2011 appears below in order from 10 to 1.

#10 The Cars – Move Like This

The Cars were once known for producing albums with memorable album covers. Unfortunately, the cover for their first new album in decades was a major disappointment. It featured stock photo backgrounds and strange silhouettes of the surviving band members.

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#9 The Maine – Pioneer

The third album by Arizona rock band The Maine credits four people for design, art direction and other tasks required to produce an album cover. I just want to know which one of them applied the lipstick.

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#8 The Limousines – Get Sharp

The debut album by San Francisco electronic band The Limousines was self-released in 2010 and released by Dangerbird Records in 2011. It is the only album cover I have ever seen that features a spit bubble. The photos that my niece takes of her baby blowing them are cute. This? Not so much.

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#7 Teeth – Care Bear EP

Released by Moshi Moshi Records, the Care Bear EP by Teeth is somewhat of a mystery. At first glance, the image of a hirsute statute with money falling around it seems wacky. On closer inspection, one notices that the anus of the male figure is very detailed and unusually large. Creepy? Yep.

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#6 Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose

I read a review that compared the cover art for Screws Get Loose by American rock band Those Darlins to those of The Smiths. No. Sorry.

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#5 You Love Her Coz She’s Dead
- S/T

The cover for the self-titled debut album by British electronic music duo You Love Her Coz She’s Dead features a young woman with a safety pin jammed through her bloody lips. What else can I add besides the description? Uck! This makes nose picking look appealing.

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#4 Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra

The cover for the sixth studio album by American rock band Limp Bizkit is one of two revealed in 2011 that many fans immediately thought was a joke. The illustration by Wes Borland is certainly meant to be satirical. However, it is just a bit too weird to have been taken seriously.

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#3 Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb
- N.R.F.B.

Every year, I can count on some German band coming up with an objectionable album cover. Nuclear Raped Fuck Bomb by N.R.F.B. features an inexplicable photo of amputees who appear to be using donkeys as crutches. Add the blatant attempt to shock us with a title that combines sex and violence and we’ve got a third-place winner for the “Worst of” list.

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#2 Lady Gaga – Born This Way

There is not much that I can add to the hundreds of thousands of words that have been written about what is certainly the most controversial album cover of the year. When the cover for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way was revealed online, the most common reaction was, “Where is the REAL cover?” Is it bad? Yes. Was it effective? Absolutely. The fact that it worked well as a marketing gimmick is the only thing that kept this monstrosity out of my #1 spot this year.

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#1 Murder Junkies – Road Killer

My choice for the worst album cover of 2011 is a for an album that celebrates rape, murder and a hatred for women. In that light, the cover featuring a woman who has been brutally murdered and dumped by the side of the road like garbage is fitting. The only question that remains is, “What kind of person buys this kind of thing?”

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Which album cover is the best for the week of December 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. The last week of the year always consists of imports and odd U.S. releases. These are the last album covers for 2011.

Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Devin Townsend Project – Contain Us

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  Iron Saviour – The Landing

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Marianas Trench – Ever After

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  Meat Loaf – Hell in a Handbasket
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One Direction – Up All Night

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  The Saturdays – On Your Radar

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New Album by Boris voted best album cover for the week of December 20, 2011

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, New Album by the Japanese experimental band Boris is the best best album cover for the week of December 20, 2011. The cover received 77% of the votes cast by our readers. That is such a landslide, the covers in second and third place really don’t deserve to listed. 

The album was actually released in Japan back in March. It was made available as a digital download earlier this month. The CD and LP versions were released in the U.S. by Sargent House on December 20.

I was not able to find credits for the art director and the artist who created the cover. If anyone knows the details, feel free to post a comment.

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Editor’s Choice: December 26, 2011

Below are 10 noteworthy album and single 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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At the Movies: A Christmas Story

For many people, watching the TBS marathon of the 1983 Christmas classic A Christmas Story has become a tradition. The marathon starts at 8:00 p.m. EST on Christmas Eve with the last showing at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. Some people even watch every showing.

In 2009, the original soundtrack for the film was released on CD by Rhino Records. It includes the original score by Carl Zittrer and Paul Zaza and a version of Silent Night by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The cover art features the star of the film, Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker.

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Which album cover is the best for the week of December 20, 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.

Boris – New Album
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  Common – The Dreamer / The Believer

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Of Monsters and Men – Into the Woods

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  Roscoe Dash – J.U.I.C.E. EP

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Soul Time!

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  Young Jeezy – TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition

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Rammstein’s Made in Germany voted best album cover for the week of December 13, 2011

According to our Album Art Exchange Blog poll, Rammstein’s Made in Germany is the best album cover for the week of December 13, 2011. The cover received 37% of the votes cast by our readers. There was a tie for second place between Tori Amos’ Night of Hunters Sin Palabras (Without Words) and Please, Please, Please: A Tribute to The Smiths by Various Artists, which both received 27%. Welcome Reality by Nero was a distant third with only 7%.

The winning cover features photographs of plaster life mask castings of the band members. Art direction is credited to Büro Dirk Rudolph and photography to Alexander Robert Freund.
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New iTunes TV ad features animated album covers

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A new TV commercial for iTunes and The Beatles features an animation of 12 of the band’s album covers. It is drawing some minor criticism from fans of vinyl LPs who believe that digital music has put an end to the kind of cover art that is being used to promote it in this case. The video was uploaded to YouTube a few days ago and has received 3/4 of a million views with about 10 to 1 liking it. The animation is accompanied by The Beatles classic Magical Mystery Tour.

The AAX gallery includes over 800 scans and edited versions of the classic album covers and singles sleeves of The Beatles, including Magical Mystery Tour (right) and many rarities.


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