From the simple but striking prism gracing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to the naked, submerged, dollar-bill-chasing baby swimming across the front of Nirvana’s Nevermind, a great album cover captures the imagination and sears itself into the brain, forever fusing its iconic imagery with the music it comes to signify.
New metal band, Kill That Rooster, just released the cover art for their upcoming album Outbreak. I was immediately reminded of my teenage self rummaging through CDs at Specs record store and stopping at the albums with covers that I liked, that’s how I felt about Outbreak’s cover art. It has a timeless iconographic potential that can live on in album art history. The photographer and artist who designed the cover, Rosabel Quevedo, truly captured the imagery with a striking background hinting at a future post-apocalyptic way of life. The layout and composition is really quite beautiful evoking a certain sadness.
The nostalgia drove me to audit some of my personal favorite covers, I hope it rekindles some of your faves.
The Ramones / Ramones
Nirvana / Nevermind
T.Rex / The Slider
The Smiths / The Smiths
David Bowie / Aladdin Sane
Patti Smith / Horses
The Velvet Underground / The Velvet Underground & Nico
Grace Jones / Salve to the Rhythm
Sex Pistols / Never Mind the Bollocks
Santo Gold / Santo Gold
David Bowie / Diamond Dogs