Editor’s Choice: October 29, 2012

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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Keyshia Cole’s album cover fails compared to Grace Jones

In 1980, a music video by pop singer Grace Jones became a hit by employing a unique concept. Directed by Mike Mansfield, the video for Jones’ single Private Life was shot in a single take and featured Jones removing a mask that replicated her own face (right). Jones is shown taking off the mask, putting it back on, and removing it again. Shortly after the video was released, Grace Jones masks began appearing on dance floors in clubs throughout the world. Was it an ingenious promotion, a spontaneous fad or a bit of both?

When I saw the cover art for Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album, Woman to Woman, I was immediately reminded of the Grace Jones video from 32 years ago. Unfortunately, Cole’s album cover is poorly executed. Rather than an actual mask of the artist’s face, the cover uses a Photoshop fake. Anyone familiar with Hollywood makeup techniques knows that making a real mask of Cole’s face would be fairly easy. The result would be so much better than what is shown below.

This is yet another example of an interesting concept that has failed due to poor execution. We have seen this kind of thing from artists as big as Lady Gaga with her Born This Way motorcycle nightmare. I’ve actually seen better work from high school students posting on fan forums.

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At the Movies: Cloud Atlas

The epic adventure film Cloud Atlas opened in U.S. theaters today. The film was written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. The main stars are Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.

The music for the film was composed by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, and Tom Tykwer. The soundtrack is currently available as a digital download and is scheduled to be released on CD on November 6, 2012.

The artwork for the soundtrack is a square version of the movie poster. It features a surprisingly bad collage of the flim’s stars, all stacked up like some kind of celebrity pyramid. They decrease in size according to billing. The film is visually stunning, with special effects and backgrounds that are nothing short of amazing. That makes the artwork somewhat of a disappointment. They had quite a bit to work with and came up with this.

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening


Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox (2012)

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Editor’s Choice: October 22, 2012

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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Then and Now: Elvis Costello


This Year’s Model (1978)

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In Motion Pictures (2012)

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Phillip Phillips’ debut album cover is literally the pits

Let me get this straight. A young man with a mediocre voice wins a national singing competition because millions of women fell in love with his boyish looks and pretty green eyes and the cover of his debut album obliterates those features and focuses on his armpit. I just don’t get it. Purely from a marketing perspective, this has to be one of the worst album covers of all time.

The World from the Side of the Moon is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2012. Those looking for it on the shelves at their local Wal-mart or browsing online at iTunes certainly aren’t going to recognize Phillips among his competition. A giant sun flare hides his face. Even his guitar is almost completely out of frame. All we can see is an ugly gray pocket t-shirt and an armpit.

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Rihanna reveals Unapologetic album cover

Rihanna revealed the cover and title of her forthcoming album via Twitter today. Unapologetic is scheduled to be released on November 19, 2012.

The cover art is creating a bit of stir due to the singer appearing topless. However, Rihanna’s breasts are obscured for the most part by the album title and her elbow. It really isn’t a very original concept. Rihanna appears to be either depressed or emotionally detached. Meh.

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Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment (2012)

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Why? – Mumps, etc. (2012)

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