According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of September 25, 2012 is Push & Shove by No Doubt. The cover was the clear winner with 46% of the votes cast by our readers. Babel by Mumford & Sons was a distant second with 17%. There was a tie for third place between John Hiatt’s Mystic Pinball and Steve Harris’ British Lion, which both received 14%.
The winning cover features a painting of the band members by Los Angeles artist El Mac (Miles “Mac” MacGregor). MacGregor became known for his large-scale public artworks done in L.A., many of which have become notable landmarks. You can learn more about the artist on his website at elmac.net.
This Déjà Vu moment is a bit different. It involves an album cover and a music video, rather than two album covers. The cover for the forthcoming album by Tori Amos reminded me of the music video for Annie Lennox’s 2007 single Dark Road.
The music video features Lennox riding around Los Angeles in a yellow taxicab. It was the first music video to be premiered on Amazon.com and was inspired by the homeless people that Lennox saw through the window of her cab on daily trips to the recording studio. I think that the still from the music video is actually more interesting than the photograph used for the Tori Amos album. You can see landmark Sunset Boulevard architecture in the background and reflected in the window of the video still. It shows what was possible with the Amos photo, which just looks kind of muddy brown. The Amos album is supposed to be focused on New York City. You would know that from the photograph. There is no doubt about the L.A. location in the Annie Lennox video.
Tori Amos’ Gold Dust is scheduled to be released on October 2, 2012.