Overlooked, er, Make that Under-Looked Album Cover Art

I know I said we weren’t going to do any more silly posts here on Backseat Writer, but it’s Friday and I’m feeling a little giddy.  Plus, how else could I get a picture of my talking gnome (whose name is now Mr. Lovewell) onto Backseat Writer?  A few weeks ago, the gals at The Media Collective sent out “All of Creation,” the first single from MercyMe’s new album, slated for release in May.  The song, itself, is great, but look at that album cover! It’s great!

With digital downloads being all the rage, I miss the nice feel of a CD booklet.  Most of all, I enjoy studying the album art.  The more I like a band or artist, the more interested I am in analyzing album art.  Since I’m an artsy girl, I decided to share a few of my favorite album covers::

Flying by Grammatrain
Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie
Much Afraid by Jars of Clay
Pages by Shane & Shane
Mockingbird by Derek Webb
Limbs and Branches by Jon Foreman
Wicked (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
Red Revolution by Shaded Red
Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot

MMHMM by Relient K
The End is Here by Five Iron Frenzy
Songs by Rich Mullins

Which of my choices do you like?  What albums did I leave out?  Please share your favorite album covers!

0 thoughts on “Overlooked, er, Make that Under-Looked Album Cover Art

  1. You’re right about the MercyMe cover. It’s great, and that’s coming from me, the most critical album-cover judge ever.

    A few of my additions:
    Relient K – Mmhmm
    Five Iron Frenzy – Quantity is Job 1
    Newsboys – Take Me To Your Leader

  2. @MissMary Ooo, those are good choices. I like Charlie Hall’s “Sadness” one, too.

    @Gracie I can’t believe I left out Relient K & Five Iron Frenzy. I’m ammending that right now!

  3. My FAV of your choices is Switchfoot’s “Hello Hurricane”! I own the album, and it’s REALLY GOOD, but what AWES me most is the COVER ART…I mean, to some, it may look like just a bunch of sea gulls in flight…but what most people probably don’t realize is just how hard it probably was for the photographer to get each of those birds to POSE just the way he or she wanted them to! I mean, you have animals, and you do photography too, so I’m certain you will agree with me on this one, Amy! Can you just IMAGINE trying to get all those birds to COOPERATE for a photo shoot??? ALL AT THE SAME TIME??? 😉

  4. my favorite by far is the Tool album that had the 3D glasses built in. (10,000 Days i think is what it’s called) from what i can tell, it was impossible for them to actually make a decent profit on album sales just off the cost of packaging…

    but i’ve never bought a Tool CD before, and probably never will again – i’ve never listened to the disc, but i did pay $12 to get the CD!

  5. Those are all fantastic! I think that album art is really overlooked as an art form. Sadly, I think most forms of illustration are – like book covers and the like.

    One of my favorite covers is This Desert Life by Counting Crows. It’s very Magritte-like. Oingo Boingo always had great covers, too. It’s a great form of art and I’m not too proud to say that I tend to like musical artists more if they have cool cover art! Heh Heh! 🙂

    Please go check out my newest blog post I did about the OWOH giveaway. I have the amazing goodies I got from you on there! Hugs, Tamara

    And PS: I’ll send you some links to online art groups that are cool to check out. I’ve just been distracted with other things the last few weeks and my brain is too small to figure it all out at the same time. Snicker. 🙂

  6. @Lori You always like the coolest stuff around. 🙂

    @Brody You make me smile. 🙂

    @Tamara So, so happy you liked everything. I’ve been meaning to add your site to my RSS feed. 🙂

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