The annual “Worst Album Covers” list is one of my favorites because it gives me a chance to write about a subject that is a little more light-hearted and fun than the more formal album review. I enjoy poking fun at the bad album covers that I’ve seen during the year, so go into the following article with that in mind. If you are easily offended, it might be good to stop reading now. Some of the choices will make you feel awkward, some of the choices are in bad taste, and others are just plain awful. Whether you find the following covers to be interesting or fantastically bad, take joy in this year’s collection of horrible album art.
20. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Well, I guess that’s one way to hide your man boobs.
19. Leonard Cohen
A Souvenir of the Grand Tour
On paper, a Roman Coliseum full of Leonard Cohens sounds awesome. This graphic artist did the impossible and proved us wrong.
18. Chris Brown
“And then the Prince punched the Princess, and they lived happily ever after.”
17. Kangding Ray
I feel the same way when I eat kale.
For those of you who have ever wondered what grandpa looks like with his shirt off, here ya go!
15. Dirt Nasty & Smoove E
Breakfast in Bed
I’m going to assume that they ordered the Moons Over My Hammy.
14. Lenny Kravitz
So I guess Lenny Kravitz has doubled down on that whole dick slip incident.
If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Hey Drake, we found your suicide note. Your move.
12. White Gzus
Stackin’ N Mackin’ Vol. 2
This painting came from the Ben Carson Collection.
11. DJ Paypal
This is the quality of work you get when your graphic designer accepts payment via PayPal.
10. Passion Pit
That night would forever be remembered as “The Thanksgiving Massacre.”
9. Wolf Eyes
I Am a Problem; Mind in Pieces
That’s what you get for ordering a prickly nipple.
“Mom! Grandma got tangled in the phone line again!”
7. Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues
Klan members need love too.
All I can think of when I see this cover is THIS old Doug Stanhope bit (believe me, it’s worth clicking).
5. Warm Brains
“I’ll take an order of eggs over easy on a bed of fries.”
4. Venetian Snares
Thank You for Your Consideration
Someone was playing a bit too much Candy Crush during the making of this cover.
I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler
I saw Yacht perform at SXSW several years ago, and it was the worst thing I’ve ever seen. Then, of course, this album cover came along.
If that was an Atari 2600 joystick, his head would break off after an hour of use.
1. Du Blonde
Welcome Back to Milk
JUST SAY NAIR.