The Best Album Covers Of 2008

In reverse order, this handful of releases looked cool and the music matched the cover art.

5. Calexico - Carried to Dust

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Not only did the uncomplicated illustration style reflect a return to the simple desert themes that are Calexico's stock and trade, this cover oozes retro cool.

4. Deer Tick - War Elephant

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Come on, chicks in bikinis holding machine guns? You just can't get better than that.

3. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals

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"GT" could also stand for gifted and talented.

2. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy

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Sure, the music has passed its expiration date, but the cover is cool as hell. Simple, random and direct, this is how all cover art should be.

1. Sigur Ros -- Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust

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Great art always asks more questions than it answers. Skinny, naked people running across a road always make a statement. The English translation is: With Buzzing in Our Ears We Play Endlessly, and that makes it even better. --Darryl Smyers


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