2017: Seventeen of the Best Album Covers

Some really nice graphic design in album art this year.  Striking or subtle, it was all there. These are 17 or so of the best. Not sure if I was just attracted to them, but covers with circles in the design seemed to predominate…

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Feist: Pleasure
There’s probably a good story behind this photo…

Stars: There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light
The light of modernity shines no love on the poor. Even when they live in model train diorama-like settings.

Starsailor: All This Life
Aliens want Winnebagos.

Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite
When you create your universe, you can always be the universal favorite.

Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound
I can actually hear the absence of sound in this cover.

Hayden Pedigo: Greetings from Amarillo
Dynamic guitar music for laundromats (just be careful with the bleach…it can ruin a good spruce guitar-top finish.)

Tift Merritt: Stitch of the World
Surreal and down to earth (down to tree?) at once. In a world where drums fall from the sky and lodge in trees…

Trummors: Headlands
Kinda art-deco, kinda hippie, kinda cool.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn: Echo in the Valley
“I see a banjo silhouetto with a man / Scaramouch, scaramouch, will you do the fandango?”

Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts
British/American acid folk revivalists had an appropriately late 60s/early 70s style hallucinatory cover.

Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy: Glow and Fade
“The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…” Well, not in outer space…
Art by sci-fi artist Bruce Pennington.

Camille: Oui
It’s convenient when you can just levitate everywhere. Much easier on the knees.

Ha Ha Tonka: Heart-Shaped Mountain
Burning down the mountain.

Cage the Elephant: Unpeeled
The only way to eat a grapefruit.

Sarah Bethe Nelson: Oh, Evolution
Oh, evolution, you confuse me with this intriguing image.

Various: Pop Makossa: Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon
The title says it all. Beware the invaders!

As Paul Kelly waves in vain to Karen Elson, we look forward to the album art 2018 has in store.
(Karen Elson: Double Roses / Paul Kelly: Life is Fine)


2 Comments Add yours

  1. booksnob22 says:

    These are fabulous. Thank you so much for this post, I wouldn’t have seen these otherwise.

  2. Rob says:

    You’re welcome! Your life would have been incomplete without ever seeing a girl licking a grapefruit on a knife while a creepy hand with dripping blue stuff enters the picture from above… ha ha 🙂

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