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As November turns into December, and end of year-mania sweeps this website and others, we’re easing you in with some of the less high-pressure end of year features.

Today, we kick things off with a collection of 2012’s worst sleeve art. Before you take offense, remember: we’re petty, picky bastards here at FACT, and there’s no such thing as an objectively bad piece of album artwork (well, maybe that Whistla one). Often, it can be one little thing that sets you off about a sleeve – a misuse of font, unnecessary air-brushing, an ill-advised colour scheme, or just an erect penis masquerading as high art – but each of these has, for some reason or other, caused offense to members of our staff this year. Here they are in all their garish glory, in alphabetical order.

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2 CHAINZ FEAT. DRAKE
‘NO LIE’
(DEF JAM)

AESOP ROCK
SKELETHON
(RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

AKUFEN
BATTLESTAR GALACTICLOWN
(MUSIQUE RISQUEE)

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
CENTIPEDE HZ
(DOMINO)

ARIEL PINK & R. STEVIE MOORE
KU KLUX GLAM
(STROLL ON)

BEN FOLDS FIVE
THE SOUND OF THE LIFE OF THE MIND
(IMA VEE PEE)

B.O.B.
STRANGE CLOUDS
(ATLANTIC)

BOB DYLAN
TEMPEST
(COLUMBIA)

CATTLE DECAPITATION
MONOLITH OF INHUMANITY
(METAL BLADE)

 

DEAD CAN DANCE
ANASTASIS
(PIAS)

DEAD PREZ
INFORMATION AGE
(KRIAN)

DEATH GRIPS
NO LOVE DEEP WEB
(THIRD WORLDS)

Uncensored version here.

DIE ANTWOORD
TEN$ION
(ZEF RECORDZ)

DISTAL
CIVILIZATION
(TECTONIC)

EPROM
METAHUMAN
(RWINA)

FIEND & COOKIN SOUL
IRON CHEF
(FREE MIXTAPE)

GEOFF BARROW & BEN SALISBURY
DROKK: MUSIC INSPIRED BY MEGA CITY ONE
(INVADA)

GOOD MUSIC
CRUEL SUMMER
(DEF JAM)

GOSSIP
A JOYFUL NOISE
(COLUMBIA)

IKONIKA
I MAKE LISTS
(HUM+BUZZ)

JAILL
TRAPS
(SUB POP)

JASON LYTLE
DEPT. OF DISAPPEARANCE
(ANTI-)

KILLING JOKE
MMXII
(SPINEFARM / UNIVERSAL)

KOOL KEITH
TOTAL ORGASM
(JUNKADELIC)

LIL WAYNE & DJ DRAMA
DEDICATION 4
(SELF-RELEASED)

LINDSTROM
SIX CUPS OF REBEL
(SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND)

MAROON 5
OVEREXPOSED
(A&M OCTONE)

METRO ZU
ZUOLOGY
(SELF-RELEASED)

MS MR
CANDY BAR CREEP SHOW
(CREEP CITY)

MUSE
THE 2nd LAW
(WARNER)

MUX MOOL
PLANET HIGH SCHOOL
(GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)

NEW BUILD
YESTERDAY WAS LIVED AND LOST
(LANARK)

NIKI & THE DOVE
INSTINCT
(MERCURY)

THEE OH SEES
PUTRIFIERS II
(IN THE RED)

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER / RENE HELL
MUSIC FOR RELIQUARY HOUSE / IN 1980 I WAS A BLUE SQUARE
(NNA TAPES)

PERC
A NEW BRUTALITY
(PERC TRAX)

PRINS THOMAS
II
(FULL PUPP)

RAMONA FALLS
PROPHET
(THE KORA)

RICHARD HAWLEY
STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE
(MUTE / PARLOPHONE)

SANTIGOLD
MASTER OF MY MAKE-BELIEVE
(ATLANTIC)

SCUBA
PERSONALITY
(HOTFLUSH)

SIGHA
LIVING WITH GHOSTS
(HOTFLUSH)

SLUGABED
TIME TEAM
(NINJA TUNE)

SOUNDGARDEN
KING ANIMAL
(MERCURY)

THE TING TINGS
SOUNDS FROM NOWHERESVILLE
(COLUMBIA)

TURBO FRUITS
BUTTER
(SERPENTS AND SNAKES)

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
BEACON
(KITSUNE)

WHISTLA
ENTER THE SWIVEL
(L2S)

WILLIS EARL BEAL
ACOUSMATIC SORCERY
(XL)

YOUNG SMOKE
SPACE ZONE
(PLANET MU)

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