Which is the best album cover for the week of October 30, 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.

Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment

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Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

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Black Country Communion – Afterglow

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Flyleaf – New Horizons

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Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby

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Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones Pt. 1

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The Haunted Man by Bat for Lashes voted best album cover for the week of October 23, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of October 23, 2012 is The Haunted Man by Bat for Lashes. The album cover was the clear winner with 57% of the votes cast by our readers. Free Dimensional by Diamond Rings was second with 18%. There was a tie for third between Until Now by Swedish House Mafia and Gem by U.S. Girls, which both received 11%.

The winning cover is a photograph by New York photographer Ryan McGinley. McGinley is known for this kind of nude art photography. Many of his photos feature nude models and wild animals. The album cover features Natasha Khan nude and carrying a nude man across her shoulders. While the nudity caused a bit of controversy, the photograph really is a work of fine art. If a recording artist chooses to use a nude photograph as album art, using a photographer who specializes in that kind of imagery is obviously the way to go. This album cover could hang in any fine art gallery.

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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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Which is the best album cover for the week of October 23, 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.

Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

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Colbie Caillat – Christmas in the Sand

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Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional

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Swedish House Mafia – Until Now

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U.S. Girls – Gem

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Vinnie Paz – God of the Serengeti

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Red by Taylor Swift voted best album cover for the week of October 16, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of October 16, 2012 is Red by Taylor Swift. The cover received 35% of the votes cast by our readers. Donald Fagen’s Sunken Condos was second with 27%. Blak and Blu by Gary Clark Jr. was third with 22%.

The winning cover features a photograph of Swift by Sarah Barlow. Art Direction is credited to Bethany Newman and Josh Newman.

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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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