September 1, 2010
Cover Story: Heartbeak on vinyl
The resurgence of vinyl LPs is what I classify as a luxury problem: I find myself wanting to buy albums that I don't need on vinyl just so I can have the cover art and fondle the packaging. The 80's had such iconic cover images. Today's artwork seems driven by the idea that stupid non-music fans will not understand whose album they are looking at without a close-up headshot and the artist's name plastered across the top. And God forbid it doesn't look good on an iPod. Even good acts suffer from this now. Bands used to turn it out with styling, staging, and logos. I am whore for a good font. Here are a few albums and singles to behold in wonderment.
If you want to update your iTunes artwork, check out this Top Singles site. Sleevage is a great blog devoted to album art, and you can also find some gems at Burning The Ground.