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2014 end of - album covers2

Even in the digital realm, a record’s identity is often defined by its cover.

It’s hard to listen to FKA Twigs’ shimmering debut album without bringing to mind its defining visual style, and similarly there was a sinking feeling when we were introduced to the lackluster artwork for Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint.

The following 20 selections are our favorite pieces of album artwork this year, from the grandiose and artistic to the laugh-out-loud hilarious (BeatKing, we’re talking about you). We know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to at least notice.

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swanstobekind-12.5.2014

SWANS
TO BE KIND
(YOUNG GOD)

100sivry-12.5.2014

100S
IVRY
(FOOLS GOLD)

druture-12.5.2014

DRUTURE
UH-OH!
(GRIZZLY)

rustiegreen-12.5.2014

RUSTIE
GREEN LANGUAGE
(WARP)

future-12.5.2014

FUTURE
MONSTER
(FREEBANDZ)

blacktocomm-12.5.2014

BLACK TO COMM
BLACK TO COMM
(TYPE)

softpinktruth-12.5.2014

THE SOFT PINK TRUTH
WHY DO THE HEATHEN RAGE?
(YOUNG GOD)

susannahvalmeshes-12.5.2014

SUSANNA & JENNY HVAL
MESHES
(SUSANNASONATA)

giantclaw-12.5.2014

GIANT CLAW
DARK WEB
(ORANGE MILK)

untoldblacklight-12.5.2014

UNTOLD
BLACK LIGHT SPIRAL
(HEMLOCK)

moodymann-12.5.2014

MOODYMANN
MOODYMANN
(MAHOGANI MUSIC)

scottosoused-12.5.2014

SCOTT WALKER & SUNN O)))
SOUSED
(4AD)

beatkingpolesex-12.5.2014

BEATKING
POLE SEX EP
(NO LABEL)

lawrenceenglishwilderness-12.5.2014

LAWRENCE ENGLISH
WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
(ROOM40)

gazelletwinunflesh-12.5.2014

GAZELLE TWIN
UNFLESH
(ANTI-GHOST MOON RAY/LAST GANG)

pcmusicdisown-12.5.2014

PC MUSIC
DISOWN RADIO MIX
(NO LABEL)

slugchristgenocide-12.5.2014

SLUG CHRIST
GENOCIDE
(AWFUL RECORDS)

sdlaikaharakiri-12.5.2014

SD LAIKA
THAT’S HARAKIRI
(TRI ANGLE)

romesmall-12.5.2014

ROME FORTUNE
SMALL VVORLD
(NO LABEL)

twigs-12.5.2014

FKA TWIGS
LP1
(YOUNG TURKS)

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