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The 30 best album covers of 2013

You’ve seen the 30 Worst Album Covers of 2013, now here’s our favourites of the year.

Again, there’s no definitive formula when it comes to making these sleeves work – they could have hidden depths that only become apparent when you really look, or they could have just consistently stood out on the front page of the website that we spend our entire working day on. Alternatively, they simply feature R. Kelly playing a lady like a cello. Read on.

For more end of year mayhem, check out:
– The 100 Best Tracks of 2013
– The 50 Best Reissues of 2013
– The 10 Best Record Labels of 2013
– The 50 Best Albums of 2013
– The 30 Worst Album Covers of 2013

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CUUSHE
BUTTERFLY CASE
(FLAU)

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LUKAS NYSTRAND VON URGE
STUDIO BARNHUS EP NO.1
(STUDIO BARNHUS)

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ATOMS FOR PEACE
AMOK
(XL)

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STEVE HAUSCHILDT
S/H
(EDITIONS MEGO)

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LIL B
PINK FLAME
(MIXTAPE)

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ARCA
&&&&&
(MIXTAPE)

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R. KELLY
BLACK PANTIES
(RCA)

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FRANCESCO DE MASI
THE NEW YORK RIPPER
(DEATH WALTZ)

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CHRISTOPHER KOMEDA
ROSEMARY’S BABY
(WAXWORK)

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LOGOS
COLD MISSION
(KEYSOUND RECORDINGS)

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ROME FORTUNE
BEAUTIFUL PIMP
(MIXTAPE)

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FUCK BUTTONS
SLOW FOCUS
(ATP RECORDINGS)

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JACKSON & HIS COMPUTER BAND
‘G.I. JANE (FILL ME UP)’
(WARP

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RUN THE JEWELS
RUN THE JEWELS
(FOOL’S GOLD)

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JAMES BLAKE
OVERGROWN (Parody Cover)
(POLYDOR)

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CHANCE THE RAPPER
ACID RAP
(MIXTAPE)

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SKY FERREIRA
NIGHT TIME, MY TIME
(CAPITOL RECORDS)

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ARCTIC MONKEYS
AM
(DOMINO)

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MASSIMO DI LENA
HARDLIFE
(EARLY SOUNDS)

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DEAN BLUNT
THE REDEEMER
(HIPPOS IN TANKS)

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BØNE SQUAD
SKAL & BONES
(TOTAL FANTASY)

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DIARRHEA PLANET
I’M RICH BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS
(INFINITY CAT)

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TROPIC OF CANCER
‘MORE ALONE’
(BLACKEST EVER BLACK)

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PUSHA T
MY NAME IS MY NAME (Clean Version Cover)
(GOOD MUSIC)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
MUTAZIONE
(STRUT)

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PERC & EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN
INTERPRETATIONS
(SUBMIT)

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ADULT
THE WAY THINGS FALL
(GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL)

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GROUPER
THE MAN WHO DIED IN HIS BOAT
(KRANKY)

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BROADCAST
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO
(WARP RECORDS)

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SHIT & SHINE
FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE START BEING POLITE FOR A FUCKING CHANGE
(GANGSIGNS)

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