Rock and an Art Place: Our Experts Review 9 New Album Covers

Our expert panel—designers and art directors—share their thoughts on album covers from Justin Timberlake, The Strokes, and others

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Conniefucius
Conniefucius

@ripley123Ecclesiastes 1:9

New International Version (NIV)

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

Conniefucius
Conniefucius

I just stumbled upon this article.  I haven't heard this album, but this is my opinion of the cover.

 "Hindsight is 20/20".  

I don't think he sees this album as perfect, he's saying his eyes are open.  The image looks timeless, both classic and futuristic. 'Indie' is an inspired interpretation of what is, inspired by the old and the new.

ripley123
ripley123

Who was it who said everything has already been invented, so give up?

Or: Art, imitating art imitating life.

"His brilliance is in so deftly capturing in an album cover the artwork of a 1930s commemorative postage stamp that you just want to lick it and slap it onto an envelope."

xoferbean
xoferbean

The Tyler hat in the bacground says 'Golf" not "wolf". Haven't looked in much detail at this artwork before deciding to comment on it all.

QuinnDean
QuinnDean

Though it's comforting (and somewhat magical) seeing the silhouettes of The Strokes while listening to their album on pitchfork, I'm somewhat saddened at the cover/booklet. The silhouettes, I read, are from their pictures on the "Is This It" booklet. Along with the last two tracks, the whole thing just feels like The Strokes are saying good-bye to music. :'(