This déjà vu moment features two new albums that both use a simple chevron pattern as cover art. Electric by electronic duo Pet Shop Boys was released on July 30, 2013. Later… When the TV Turns to Static by Scottish indie rock band Glasvegas is scheduled to be released on September 3.
Glasvegas – Later…When the TV Turns to Static (2013)
This déjà vu moment features two album covers that were created 30 years apart. The cover art for Random Access Memories, the forthcoming album by Daft Punk, has several striking similarities to Lou Reed’s 1983 album, Legendary Hearts.
I guess it may have seemed like an original concept. Justin Timberlake’s forthcoming album is The 20/20 Experience. So why not have Justin pose behind a phoropter, that science fiction-looking eye exam machine with all the lenses and dials? That dreaded déjà vu moment is why not.
Unfortunately, most clever concepts have been done before. The secret to success is to do it better. I am not sure that the photograph of Timberlake by Tom Munro is better than the cover for Canadian progressive rock group Saga’s 2012 album, 20/20. The cover the Saga album features a photograph of Albert Einstein with a stock art phoropter superimposed over his face. The Einstein image works because his face is so highly recognizable. An image of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and many other icons would have the same result. Justin Timberlake? Not so much.
English electronic music duo Hurts revealed the cover for their forthcoming album, Exile, on their official Facebook page yesterday. The pop music blog Chart Rigger has observed “…looks very Pet Shop Boys by way of Kraftwerk.” I have to agree. The cover gave me a similar déjà vu moment.
It is very similar to the cover for Actually, the second studio album released by Pet Shop Boys in 1987. Hurts has been compared to Pet Shop Boys many times. So, the look of the duo’s sophomore album is probably not a coincidence. I suppose having one of them yawn would have been too obvious.
Rapper Lil Wayne revealed the cover art for his forthcoming album on his official Facebook page yesterday. It definitely caused a déjà vu moment.
DONDA, creative content company founded by Kanye West, releases the album artwork for Lil Wayne’s upcoming upcoming album “I Am Not A Human Being II” to be released via Cash Money/Republic Records worldwide on March 26, 2013.
The cover features an illustration of a Death’s-head Hawkmoth, which was popularized in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. The moth was featured on the film’s poster and the cover of the album of the score by Howard Shore.
There are lots of album covers featuring toy robots. However, the covers for The Sound of the Life of the Mind by Ben Folds Five and Only Human by Toploader look as if they used images from the same clip art series. The square-headed robots are almost identical. One is thinking. The other is crying.
Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind (2012)
Last year, German industrial metal band Rammstein released their compilation album Made in Germany. The album art featured photographs of six plaster life masks depicting each of the band members and incorporated into an impressive package design.
Now, two forthcoming albums feature similar plaster masks. Total Loss by How to Dress Well is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2012. Furniture by Race Horses is due out on September 4th.
The cover art for the forthcoming album by Aerosmith has a science fiction movie poster theme that is very similar to Aliens Ate My Buick, the 1988 album by Thomas Dolby. Both covers appear to be inspired by the classic poster for the 1953 film The War of the Worlds, which featured an image of stars Gene Barry and Ann Robinson cowering in fear during an alien invasion (right). The poster resulted in countless imitations, mostly for cheesy B-movies of the era.
Who did it better? I have to vote for the Thomas Dolby cover. The artwork is quite a bit better and it has a satirical edge. Aerosmith’s Music From Another Dimension! is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2012.