Too often do we equate the value and caliber of a musician’s artistry with the cleverness of their moniker or their industry affiliations. We neglect to weigh in the album cover artwork, which is an extension of their craft in the most literal sense. The album artwork is not only a visual representation of the body of work we know as an album, but of the artists themselves.
Kanye West seems to have kick-started the movement of ditching a posed self-portrait and implementing depth, using visual metaphors, and pushing the artistic envelope with his cover for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which caused critics and casual viewers alike to let out a simultaneous “what the hell?”
Here’s a look at the thought-provoking covers of six of the most highly anticipated albums of the season and why they are what they are.