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Old 08-26-2008, 01:17 PM   #411 (permalink)
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1. Because covers should reflect the music. Simple as that.

Pretty basic knowledge.
I don't think your arbitrary selections of what different genres "look like" counts as "basic knowledge."

I think it's strange that you feel cover art is tightly constrained by the genre. What you called "indie pop" art (the Unicorns album) could definitely be called surreal, which you seem to feel is reserved for progressive rock. The Pink Moon cover art seems very reasonable for the soft, evocative music Nick Drake plays.

Rules never make sense for art. Cover art should reflect the musicians' visual image of their music, not be based on some sort of "genre template."
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:22 PM   #412 (permalink)
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I don't think your arbitrary selections of what different genres "look like" counts as "basic knowledge."

I think it's strange that you feel cover art is tightly constrained by the genre. What you called "indie pop" art (the Unicorns album) could definitely be called surreal, which you seem to feel is reserved for progressive rock. The Pink Moon cover art seems very reasonable for the soft, evocative music Nick Drake plays.

Rules never make sense for art. Cover art should reflect the musicians' visual image of their music, not be based on some sort of "genre template."
The difference is that Unicorns album cover looks like something that was scribbled on a napkin, and that's exactly what a lot of Indie covers look like.

I wasn't suggesting some strict rules or anything, and I think you're right. But I don't think someone like Asia actually felt Roger Dean art suited their music, and it dosen't, Steve Howe just picked him because already he did a lot of the Yes stuff and so he wanted to piss his fans off by suggesting something keen to Yes even though it was far from it.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:23 PM   #413 (permalink)
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I think it's hilarious whenever artists make absurd or completely inappropriate album covers. In fact, I can't stand the unimaginative singer/songwriter covers and I think it's mostly producers that control how it looks.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:23 PM   #414 (permalink)
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I'd tend to agree with Wayfarer and Minstrel. The album cover is just another part of the band and the albums story. Genre's are only important it you want to limit your music and your audience.
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:24 PM   #415 (permalink)
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Is there any other kind of Journey album?
ha... I wouldn't know. "Don't stop believing" sends feelings of disappointment through my veins whenever I hear it now, thank you "Sopranos".

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I don't think your arbitrary selections of what different genres "look like" counts as "basic knowledge."

I think it's strange that you feel cover art is tightly constrained by the genre. What you called "indie pop" art (the Unicorns album) could definitely be called surreal, which you seem to feel is reserved for progressive rock. The Pink Moon cover art seems very reasonable for the soft, evocative music Nick Drake plays.

Rules never make sense for art. Cover art should reflect the musicians' visual image of their music, not be based on some sort of "genre template."
yes and no... I hear what you're saying and it makes sense but if the musicians vision of their own music is way off from how the general public perceives it, that can't be a good thing and lends itself to a ton of mockery. However, if the music is amazing... I'm sure it can be forgiven
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:27 PM   #416 (permalink)
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Ever heard the phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? And besides that, why the hell should surreal/fantasy-themed album covers be limited to prog bands? "Relationship Of Command" by At The Drive-In is a hell of a lot closer to being the lyrical equivalent of a Salvador Dali painting than anything I've heard by Genesis, but ATD-I were a punk rock band so I guess their album covers should've all just been pencil drawings of teenagers with mohawks, right?


A punk or indie band that's into Roger Dean, perhaps? Christ, not every punk band is the ****ing Exploited, not every metal band is Manowar.
Well sadly this is probably as close to a fair un-trollish rebuttal I'll ever get from you.

I really think cover art should reflect the music and not the lyrics, and At The Drive In sure as bloody hell don't SOUND like Dali. And no you're wrong, people shouldn't be careless about their cover art, presentation is very damn important and you don't want to make something that is misleading to your audience. That's my own personal philosophy, if you don't like it thats fine, but I'm not taking unwarranted insults for sh*t like that, so stop being unnecessarly aggressive or I'm giving you an infraction.
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I believe this to be true, looks more like a bad Journey album.
as opposed to what?
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:58 PM   #418 (permalink)
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to a Grateful Dead album (read back a page or two).
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Lol, it's a joke about how horrible Journey is.
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ahh... I see there isn't a shortage for Journey jokes around these parts.
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