March 20, 2009

Cover Story: Patrick Wolf



The year of bad fonts. It looks a little cheap, doesn't it?

Update: I should point out the image and design mimics this (better) one:

16 comments:

countpopula said...

Considering that most of the true artists of graphic design have been let go by the record companies, and that artists now have very little cash to self-finance sleeves with striking images, I guess this is what we should expect now. Neither this nor the Tori Amos will likely represent the music within properly, but unless people actually buy the music and support the musician, they will be reduced to production of bargain basement fonts, graphics, and photography. What a letdown.

Brad said...

Pop Divas + Bad Fonts...the never-ending saga continues.

Proper Villain said...

Amazing... they found the typographical face equivalent of that vulture "song". Can I have my money back yet?

Ross said...

As a shareholder I demand that he dyes his hair red again.

Daft Monk said...

It looks like a CD Baby offering.

xolondon said...

The kids on Popjustice whip up AMAZINGLY sophisticated stuff. Maybe not as arty as PW, but high quality. He should go to them.

And anyone knows that, for this kind of font, it is HIGH risk to use all caps.

Where is Richard? What will he say?

Matt said...

Ugh! A really cool graphic design 21 year old undergrad could have done a better sleeve. A sleeve with just the image alone (this is an OK, striking photograph) would have been 90% better then that heavy (handed) type. Or how about a simple clean, small name/title under Patricks feet would have been so much cooler.

It is two steps up from the $11/hr. monkey they hired to do that Hard Candy cover. When I saw that I seriously thought it was a joke. Like...that was the best they could do? Lady needs an editor!!

D'luv said...

I totally think this font is indicative of the music.

Tricky said...

Richard is here, and he say: I'm with D'luv.

I mean, clearly a fair amount of thought has gone into the photo, what's in it, that tent/angular vortex thing happening back there, etc etc, but then he goes and sticks this white-out bit of nasty type over the top. Mega disappointing when you hang 'Lycanthropy' next to it.

About the best you can say is that at least 'Patrick Wolf' and 'The Bachelor' both have eleven letters so they haven't had to play silly-buggers with the type size and letter spacing too much. It, rather like that icky cheapycheapy video for the current single, rather lacks wow factor, surely something Patsy should be dishing out in spades. He certainly did last time around. Bit of a shame really.

Phil said...

I think he's well and truly in the "pop dumper" as Smash Hits would say. £0.50 in Waitrose the week after release, (like poor Bryn Christopher was).

Still, it must be a consolation to have previously unreceptive blogs write gushing words of one syllable about the new album!

xolondon said...

Miaow Phil...

Tricky said...

Phil! Wait! Hold your horses!

*Waitrose* is stocking the new Patrick Wolf single?! Which branch?! and whyyyyyyy????! What kind of Waitrose shopper is into our dear Patsy I ask myself.

Phil said...

Sadly Waitrose isn't stocking any CDs anymore. I only used them as an example of a pop dumper. The Bryn Christopher album was being sold off as 'last of CD stock' :(
I don't think any supermarket would stock dear Patrick... which is AKCHEWALLY unfortunate. I think music should be available everywhere...

xolondon said...

It's looking like Borders (US) is killing off their CD stock too.

I shall return to proper posts soon. Life, as it were, has intervened.

Jason said...

The cover reminds me of Prince's recent cheapies.... or perhaps even going back to Steve Vai's "Flexable". Ouch.

will said...

omg. what a difference a budget makes. this tops GA's "OOC" cover.