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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb's cover wasn't great in and of itself, but as, well, a branding campaign reaching beyond the album cover itself, I thought it was pretty effective: the use of Clarendon type, black and red, diagonal striping. That being said, the mere fact that we're talking about what's supposed to be an opus as an "effective branding campaign" should show that mid-2000s U2 could indeed be pretty annoying.

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Here's my favorite album of all time...Superunknown by Soundgarden. I've never liked the cover art at all.

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Is this bad artwork or THE BEST artwork? I...don't...know!

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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.

The vast majority of those kinds of album covers were done by one company:

http://penandpixel.com/

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George Harrison's Cloud Nine gets my vote.

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Even for a metalcore album, this feels way too manufactored and plastic. Also can't stand that font.

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Bolt Thrower's logo in general is just an eyesore, and that album title artwork is equally as bad here.

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One of the best Traditional Doom Metal albums ever but holy god that artwork just has everything wrong with it. Looks like something someone would make in a high school photoshop class.

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Haha, awesome! I love Bolt Thrower's stupid album artwork.

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Love the background images, hate their logo. Particularly the rainbow stained glass...

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Speaking of album covers, have any of you had the chance to own/see any of the books that have been released about Hipgnosis? I always thought the artwork that they did was phenomenal.

But in the spirit of the thread, here's my submission. I like the font, but...

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One of my favorite albums of all time, but I've never liked the cover... Looks kind of cheap to me.

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"Amsterdam" and "Careful" are great songs, but Goldfly and Lost and Gone Forever blow that one out of the water.

I think the cover looks like a million alt-folk albums from the early 2000s.

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I love Quincy Jones, but this album cover is so, so dated.

 

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That's from 2015? It looks like it belongs in 1971.

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The new Florence + The Machine cover is going for a retro singer-songwriter vibe, too, which is incongruous with F+tM's ovaries-to-the-wall sound.

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I wasn't aware that a second Empire of the Sun album came out! Gonna check this out today. I hope it's as good as the first album, because the artwork is worse.

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Speaking of album covers, have any of you had the chance to own/see any of the books that have been released about Hipgnosis? I always thought the artwork that they did was phenomenal.

But in the spirit of the thread, here's my submission. I like the font, but...

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Shouldn't be in this thread. Great album, great cover.

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Shouldn't be in this thread. Great album, great cover.

Agreed on the great album part, I've just never liked the cover.

Can't believe I forgot this one...one of my favorite albums ever, but terrible artwork:

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