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.

-Nicole Colbath

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Cadaver Dog

Dying Breed

Youth Attack Records

Pusha T

Daytona 

G.O.O.D. Music

John Mayer

New Light

Snack Money

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Harm’s Way

Posthuman

Metal Blade 

Vory

Control

Electric Feel

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Oneohtrix

Point Never

Age Of Warp Records

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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers 

Bought to Rot

Bloodshot Records

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Blood Orange

Negro Swan

Domino 

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City Morgue

Vol. 1: Hell or High Water

Republic Records

Low

Double Negative

Sub Pop

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Attilio Novellino & Collin McKelvey

Métaphysiques cannibales

Kohlhaas

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Freddie Gibbs/ Curren$y / The Alchemist

Fetti

Empire

Delaney Motter