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I get the Eric B & Rakim one... ish.

But damn dude, De La Souls cover is great. Easily displays the sound of a lot of the album. In my opinion one of the best hip hop covers of all time.

I've never listened to it, but this always makes me laugh:

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Now this is laughable as hell... wow.

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Yeah, All That You Can't Leave Behind is just beige, pseudo-pensive tripe, but I don't think it's even a good album after the third track.

Interesting. In my book, it's right up there with Acthung Baby and The Joshua Tree. What don't you like about it?

I wish I could articulate it better than I can, but everything past "Elevation" just doesn't grab me. It could be that the stuff up front is just so good that nothing can compare to it, I don't know, but it just lacks something. Even with the strength of "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation," it's behind War, The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, and Achtung Baby. And Boy, which no one talks about nearly enough, as far as I'm concerned.

Incidentally, if you were to consolidate All That You Can't Leave Behind and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, which is even spottier than its predecessor, you'd have a really good album.

All That You Can't Leave Behind was the moment U2 wandered into the M.O.R. wilderness. There are some great tracks (New York, Beautiful Day, Stuck in a Moment) but overall it suffers from trying too hard to please. Pop is much better album in my books. Has a unified theme, takes lots of sonic risks and frankly has better songs. Also theres no way it's album cover could be on here :)

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People hating on Creed is hilarious. Their first three albums sold 10 million copies.

APIECE.

You had that record. Your brother had that record. Everyone you knew who was into rock had that record.

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The Money Store has one of the best album covers of the 21st century, IMHO. It's an affecting image that perfectly reflects the album's content.

As for my opinion of a good album with bad artwork, Slowdive's Souvlaki comes to mind:

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Loved this album, not only because it told a story, but the songs are all really catchy:

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But seriously.... placing a bunch of random toys doesn't work for me.

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Now this picture from the lyric booklet could've worked, as it is really creative.

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You had that record. Your brother had that record. Everyone you knew who was into rock had that record.

I already owned Pearl Jam's Ten so there was no need to purchase any of Creed's albums...

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My favorite Creed song was the one that went "uh'wehhhhh, uh hunga dernga hmmmduh hunga dernga uhhhh, wehhhhh"

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It's the poster to a Haley Joel Osment movie from hell. Gotta love "Kaleigh," though!

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I've never listened to it, but this always makes me laugh:

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This was pretty much the standard for many rap album covers for quite a while in the late 90's, early 2000 era:

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All you needed was horrible photoshop collage skill(z) and diamond encrusted lettering.

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Led Zepplin

Houses of the Holy

Too many girls buttocks!

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A haiku is supposed to go 5-7-5. See me after class.

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My favorite Creed song was the one that went "uh'wehhhhh, uh hunga dernga hmmmduh hunga dernga uhhhh, wehhhhh"

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Sick grooves on this album, but I'd never think to buy it from its cover. Oof.

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Genuinely interesting genre defying dance album which deserves far more than a not very interesting line drawing of two guys sat on a couch

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The all time #1 good album with bad artwork has to be Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg:

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It was a HUGELY successful album and the cover art is just terrible!

Another curiously bad album cover is 2001 by Dr. Dre. I really hope they didn't pay somebody to design this because it probably took them 2 minutes to do it! Not to mention how many teens got in trouble with their parents for having a CD with a pot leaf on it?!?!?!

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I'm pretty sure the Doggystyle cover art is absolutely perfect for that album and the time it was released.

I miss when things were hand drawn.

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