The Worst Album Covers of 2007

13 12 2007

Here are the ten worst album covers I could think of for 2007. I will state that it’s not definitive. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some and I’m sure there are many terrible ones I’m not aware of. I’ve not given them numbers as it’s difficult to calculate terribleness. I really can’t decide if Celine Dion’s is worse than Pinback’s because they are both shocking. The only thing I’ll say is that Ted Nugent has three different covers for the same album and all are worthy to be included here. But these are all pretty dreadful. Maybe you’ll disagree. If you know of any worse, comment below.

Celine Dion – Taking Chances

Celine Dion - Taking Chances

This reminds me of the scene in Father Ted, where Dougal and Ted return home with a new car for a raffle which they notice has a little dent in it. They hammer it a couple of times to try and fix and before you know it, the whole thing is a disaster. Well, replace hammer and car with airbrush and Canadian bint and you pretty much have the same result. But seriously, who actually approved this as the album cover? Did no-one stop at any stage and go,

“Maybe you look too much like the monster from Alien with big hair?” 

 Alien Monster

Hard-Fi – Once Upon A Time In The West

Hard-Fi - Once Upon A Time In The West

In an age where packaging has become more important than ever, one could see this album as a bold statement or you could see it as a band declaring, “You might as well download it”. Possibly not as bad as some people have claimed it to be (Many have dubbed it to be The Worst Record Sleeve of All Time), it’s still pretty rubbish and reeks of a band confused as to how to portray themselves). It may be an attempt at a Factory-style sleeve but compare it to ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Joy Division or ‘Brotherhood’ by New Order or countless others and it just fails on every level.

Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs

Pinback - Autumn of The Seraphs

Apart from the fact that the artwork on this one is horrible, it also completely misrepresents the band. It looks like the work of a dreadful Heavy Metal band. It is in fact, an average indie record with one amazing song (‘From Nothing to Nowhere’), a bunch of decent songs and one that sounds note-for-note like The Police. But never has an album’s artwork got a band so wrong. I wouldn’t have listened to this record had I not been aware of Pinback previously, as I would have just presumed it to be awful.

Ted Nugent – Love Grenade

Ted Nugent - Special Edition Ted Nugent - Love Grenade  Ted Nugent - Love Grenade 

Boardroom meeting about the Artwork:

“So, the album’s called Love Grenade?”

“Yeah”

“Well, what can we use to illustrate ‘love’?

“A naked woman?”

“Perfect”

“And how can we illustrate a grenade?”

“Maybe just use a grenade?”

“Brilliant. So simple”

“And maybe the naked woman could have the grenade in her mouth?”

“Fuck, yes. How did you become so clever?”

“And maybe she could be on a platter with her hands tied behind her back and with a guitar in the corner?”

“Now you might be going too far…”

Stereophonics – Pull The Pin

Stereophonics -Pull The Pin

This is what the Ted Nugent album cover might have looked like if it hadn’t been designed by a horny American teenage boy.

Bonde de Role – With Lasers 

Bondo de Role - With Lasers

They probably thought it looked fun, anarchic, bold, slightly ironic. But the actual result is just tacky. The metalband font is repugnant and it just looks substandard and nasty. It is, for me, the most over-rated album of the year too.

James Blunt – All The Lost Souls

James Blunt - All The Lost Souls

This is a strange one. In theory, it’s an okay concept. Basically, do what they did to Myra Hindley with lots of kids handprints except use lots of little James Blunts to make one huge one. The problem here is

(a) It’s James Blunt and one is far more than enough

(b) It doesn’t really work

(c) It’s got the most hideous font(s) used at the top

(d) It looks like a bargain bucket album from the 80’s.

(e) It’s shit.

Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge

Richard Hawley - Lady’s Bridge

This one is a shame. I have a lot of time for Richard Hawley. I think he’s made some great records, though most of his artwork hasn’t been great. This, however, is his worst cover sleeve to date. It’s banal, uninteresting and just shit, basically.

Shoot the designer. This doesn’t in any way represent the surroundsound beauty of his music.

Britney Spears – Blackout

Britney Spears - Blackout

It’s been a criticism you could probably level at most of her previous cover art, if not her herself as well: It looks cheap.

She looks awkward and just pasted on top of a wacky slightly psychedelic/Op Art background and it looks like it took about ten minutes to knock up.

Cadence Weapon – Breaking Kayfabe

Cadence Weapon - Breaking Kayfabe

This may be a controversial choice but it’s a pretty ugly cover, I reckon. I don’t think it suits the record and looks like the demo for some shit Irish band.

Other mentionables:

Joss Stone’s ‘Introducing Joss Stone’, ‘8 Diagrams’ by Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Changes’ by Sugababes, ‘Planet Earth’ by Prince and Girls Aloud’s ‘Tangled Up’

Coming Soon: The Best Album Covers of the year. If you have any suggestions, comment below.

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13 responses

16 12 2007
Idetrorce

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
Idetrorce

1 01 2008
Nomadfallout

i strongly disagree with the hard fi and pinback review. I like the colours, the cover minimal with some bold usage of typography, and by bold i mean brave.
As for the pinback, yes is does make them look like a heavymetal band but why should they have image as every other indie group. Pinback are very popish but their lyrics always reflect a dark and somewhat morbid nature, the cover presents a dark brooding feel

2 01 2008
graveyardshiftshane

Hello Nomadfallout, Thanks for your comment. The Hard-Fi album isn’t as bad as some people have been claiming – I’ve seen quite a few people refer to it as the worst album cover ever – and part of me respects their boldness but I think in an age where packaging is more important than ever to give people value for money, I see it more as a cop-out and a lack of ideas than anything else. But I can certainlu understand and appreciate your opinion. On the other hand, I really dislike the Pinback cover and I know many people I’ve shown it to felt the same way. I think it’s viciously ugly and almost put me off listening to it, to be honest.

3 02 2008
Ricardo

I agree with some albums,but Bonde do Role?!

4 02 2008
Ed

Bonde do Rolê: too much hype for such a piece of shit, in every aspect.

6 02 2008
Diana

I’m a bit late with this comment but this is the funniest post I’ve read in the music vein in a long time. Seriously, tears and such from laughing so hard. My coworkers think I’m nuts
Diana

6 02 2008
Felipe

Bonde do Role’s cover is something that the non-brazilian people will NEVER understand.

perhaps people from India may take a guess, but only them.

6 02 2008
graveyardshiftshane

Felipe, you must explain… But whatever the meaning is, I still think it looks ugly

5 03 2008
d

too bad cadence weapon came out in ’05

5 03 2008
graveyardshiftshane

Not in Ireland/UK, D. It was only released here last year.

5 11 2008
azimsafwan

im not agreed with you.
britney’s cover album is actually quite amazing, it has 3d effects background.

14 02 2009
airbrush artwork

airbrush artwork…

This enables authors to keep track of who is linking to, or referring to their articles.It has since been implemented in most other blogging…

28 05 2009
Benjamin Strandberg

obviously this comment is coming almost a year and a half after the original post, HOWEVER, I disagree with you on several of these. I also wish you would write more competent reviews of why the designers were making bad decisions.

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