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The 30 worst album covers of 2013

There’s no definitive formula to what makes a record sleeve bad, just as there’s no such formula to what makes one good.

So before the comments section riles itself into an inevitable tizzy, let’s make one thing clear: these are simply the 30 record sleeves released this year that made our full-time staff cringe, recoil and howl the hardest with laughter. Some sleeves made this list due to their comedy Photoshopping jobs (King Louie – and yes, we’re aware the image above is hardly Monet), others were simply crass (Cassie, Bronson). The worst offenders, as ever, are the ones that pretend to be something that they’re not (AlunaGeorge), while the fact that a sleeve revels in its crapness doesn’t stop it being crap (Black Flag). Finally, we found an EDM compilation that manages to misspell EDM. That one at least, we hope, everybody can agree 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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ERASURE
SNOW GLOBE
(MUTE)

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SASHA GO HARD
NUTTY WORLD
(MIXTAPE)

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alunageorge-12.6.2013

ALUNAGEORGE
BODY MUSIC
(ISLAND RECORDS)

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blackflag-12.6.2013

BLACK FLAG
WHAT THE…
(SST)

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yeahyeahyeahs-12.6.2013

YEAH YEAH YEAHS
MOSQUITO
(INTERSCOPE)

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kinglouie-12.6.2013

KING LOUIE
JEEP MUSIC
(MIXTAPE)

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camron-12.6.2013

CAM’RON
GHETTO HEAVEN VOL.1
(MIXTAPE)

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cassie-12.6.2013

CASSIE
ROCKABYEBABY
(MIXTAPE)

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djmustard-12.6.2013

DJ MUSTARD
KETCHUP
(MIXTAPE)

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disclosure-12.6.2013

DISCLOSURE
SETTLE
(ISLAND)

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exquire-12.6.2013

MR. MUTHAFUCKIN’ EXQUIRE
KISMET: BLUE EDITION
(MIXTAPE)

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bizkit-12.6.2013

LIMP BIZKIT
‘READY TO GO’
(CASH MONEY)

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abandonedbybears-12.6.2013

ABANDONED BY BEARS
BEAR SIDES
(FREE DOWNLOAD)

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bronson-12.6.2013

ACTION BRONSON
SAAB STORIES
(MIXTAPE)

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tyga-12.6.2013

TYGA
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
(YOUNG MONEY)

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wale-12.6.2013

WALE
GIFTED
(MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP)

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DANNII MINOGUE
THIS IS IT: THE VERY BEST OF…
(WARNER)

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mbv-12.6.2013

MY BLOODY VALENTINE
M B V
(NO LABEL)

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krakattack-12.6.2013

CX KIDTRONIK
KRAK ATTACK 2: THE BALLAD OF ELI SKIFF
(STONES THROW)

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samiyam-12.6.2013

SAMIYAM
WISH YOU WERE HERE
(STONES THROW)

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league-12.6.2013

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GZ
‘INTERCOURSE’
(NO LABEL)

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quicksilver-12.6.2013

QUICKSILVER
THE MASQUERADE MACABRE
(NO LABEL)

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wildedm-12.6.2013

VARIOUS ARTISTS
WILD VOLUME EDM 2013
(NO LABEL)

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sherwoodpinch-12.6.2013

SHERWOOD & PINCH
THE MUSIC KILLER EP
(ON-U SOUND)

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sequence-12.6.2013

SEQUENCE REPORT
SECROMANCE
(TEVO HOWARD RECORDINGS)

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kyary-12.6.2013

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
NANDA COLLECTION
(WARNER)

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runningwild-12.6.2013

RUNNING WILD
RESILIENT
(STEAMHAMMER)

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paulbanks-12.6.2013

PAUL BANKS
EVERYBODY ON MY DICK LIKE THEY SUPPOSED TO BE
(NO LABEL)

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JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
WHITE PEOPLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE
(ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES)

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aoki-12.6.2013

STEVE AOKI/CHRIS LAKE/TUJAMO
‘BONELESS’
(DIM MAK)

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