Editor’s Choice: April 30, 2012

Below are 10 noteworthy album covers and single sleeves 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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Justin Bieber reveals Believe album cover

The cover art for Justin Bieber’s forthcoming album, Believe, was revealed on the artist’s official Facebook page today. The album is scheduled to be release on June 19, 2012.

According to retail listings, the album will be available in both standard and deluxe versions. The Facebook posting did not specify whether or not the two versions would have different artwork. Also, it did not provide credits for art direction and photography.

Posted by: zeefritz

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Which is the best album cover for the week of April 24, 2012?

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.

The Dandy Warhols – This Machine

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  Jack White – Blunderbuss

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LP – Into the Wild

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  Peter Gabriel – New Blood Live in London

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Torche – Harmonicraft

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  The Wanted – The Wanted Special Edition

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Love Is a Four Letter Word by Jason Mraz voted best album cover for the week of April 17, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of April 17, 2012 is Love Is a Four Letter Word by Jason Mraz. The cover was the clear winner with 46% of the votes cast by our readers. Picture Show by Neon Trees was a distant second with 23%. Train’s California 37 was third with 15%. 

The design and art direction for the winning cover is credited to Greg Gigen. I was not able to find additional album cover credits for Gigen. It is a cool design. It reminds me of 1960s pop art.

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Editor’s Choice: April 23, 2012

Wow! AAX contributors had a very busy week. Over 2,000 album cover images were added to the AAX gallery from April 16 through 22. That has to be a record.

Not only was a record number of covers added to the gallery, a large percentage were rare and noteworthy. Frankly, I am overwhelmed by the both the number and quality of the the recent additions. I may have to do a second feature about them later this week, because I barely scratched the surface today. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard over the last few days. It was great to see so many amazing additions to the gallery!

Below are just 10 of the noteworthy album covers and single sleeves 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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Classic album covers recreated from Pantone swatches

My Modern Metropolis blogger Katie Hosmer has written about British artist David Marsh, who recreates classic album covers using Pantone swatches.

If you are a graphic designer, you will immediately recognize these little squares that represent Pantone swatches in Adobe design software. British artist David Marsh took these functional little squares and turned them into something completely new. Take a step back to get a really good look at the pixilated scenes, which use minimal amounts of colors to form the famous and recognizable artwork.

Source: Pantone Swatches Form Classic Album Covers

Check out the covers on Hosmer’s blog. All of them are instantly recognizable. My favorite is Roxy Music’s Country Life. Other examples include Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Weasels Ripped My Flesh by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

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