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Old 04-17-2009, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I will judge an album by the cover.

In the "Last album you bought or downloaded" thread I was intrigued to see a reply that someone "liked the look of that" when a cover was posted. The cover art was attractive so by definition the music should be as well.

Wow I thought. This was not an approach that I had ever taken. Album art has always held a certain attraction but after the fact. Example. I heard Beirut's The Flying Cup Club after being given an mp3 file. I was so impressed with the music that I bought the CD and was equally impressed with the art. The art summed up the music.


I have a great love of trawling music blogs of all genres. It dawned on me that a lot of the time I was reading an entry based on the album art alone but I was not necessarily listening to the music when presented.

So this revue thread will be different. When I find album art on a blog that I like I will also get the album and see if the music is as good, if it maybe defines the music or is just a great album cover with not so good music.

This is all subjective of course. Examples of really good art are manifold but like music are in the ears/eyes of the beholder. But it seems like a good idea and if I only get a few revues in before I get bored nothing is lost other than my already small credibility.

I hope someone enjoys this.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, that is a great idea! I'm really looking forward to reading the reviews.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This thread will be a beaut

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Old 04-17-2009, 09:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I dig this idea. As an old guy, I used to discover music by flipping through the CD racks at the record store. Sometimes a name would catch my attention, sometimes the artwork. Doesn't mean I would pick it up automatically if I liked the cover. Sometimes it depended on the record label, possibly giving me a clue as to what it might sound like, or a promo sticker telling me if I like those bands I may like this, whatever. Point is, being attracted to a cover makes me curious about the music. Unless I recognize the name and know they suck.

Carry on, looking forward to it.
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Old 04-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I dig this idea. As an old guy, I used to discover music by flipping through the CD racks at the record store. Sometimes a name would catch my attention, sometimes the artwork. Doesn't mean I would pick it up automatically if I liked the cover. Sometimes it depended on the record label, possibly giving me a clue as to what it might sound like, or a promo sticker telling me if I like those bands I may like this, whatever. Point is, being attracted to a cover makes me curious about the music. Unless I recognize the name and know they suck.

Carry on, looking forward to it.
I used do the exact same thing. I can actually think of a couple bands I'm into that I initially checked out because of the name or album cover.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In my role as a sixties obscurity DJ, I often base my purchases on if the band had good hair and good dress sense on their album covers, it works out at about a 92.45% success rate so far.

To be serious though, the album cover is vital in my purchase decision making, I love shopping blind and finding gems that I never even knew existed. Really in many cases all I have to go off is the album cover and the record label, so I think this thread is going to be a great read.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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In my 14 year old Metal phase I was guilty of this a lot but I haven't gone on album cover alone when buying music at least.
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Old 04-17-2009, 03:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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In my 14 year old Metal phase I was guilty of this a lot but I haven't gone on album cover alone when buying music at least.
I never buy stuff on the cover alone. But sometimes a nice cover will inspire me to read up on a band and then ultimately wind up buying the album.
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