Guest Editorial: Favorite Album Artwork of 2018
After reading the other day about what supposedly makes a great piece of art, I found that the consensus seems to be it is when a work of art appears to have an almost inexhaustible amount of insight into it’s subject. No matter how many times you look at it, it remains perfect in its communication of something both powerful, deep and meaningful.
This whole “inexhaustible amount of insight” thing seems to me like a pretty ridiculously high bar to set for an album cover. Yet we know from experience that when the perfect piece of art is attached to music, both thematically and emotionally, it can stay with us forever.
Sometimes art can just look really cool, and if anything, 2018 saw many examples of aesthetic over substance. In the end, album art serves to enhance our participation a with, and enjoyment of, the music. Here are a few of, what I personally believe to be, incredible examples of that from this year.
Youth Attack Records
Age Of Warp Records
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
Bought to Rot
Vol. 1: Hell or High Water
Attilio Novellino & Collin McKelvey
Freddie Gibbs/ Curren$y / The Alchemist