‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’, so the adage goes – but they never said anything about music. For anyone who saw the marvellous interview Noisey conducted with cover designer Stefan Sagmeister earlier this year, the preciousness and joy in classic album art cannot be underestimated. Stefan himself buys music only off album covers, and insists he’s never heard a bad album with a great cover artwork. When we don’t have our iPod to hand, they’re how music fans represent their loves in tattoos, posters and paraphernalia. A cheap cover can lower the tone of a whole project; a great one creates the world in which the music exists, and the pictures in our mind as the song’s play on. These may not be our favourite albums of the year, but they’re definitely the images we most enjoyed looking at while listening to them…

J.B. Biberkopf – Ecologies

J.G. Biberkopf Ecologies
J.B. Biberkopf – Ecologies

Regis – Manbait

Regis - Manbait

Cee-Lo Green – Heart Blanche

Cee-Lo Green - Heart Blanche

Gengahr – A Dream Outside

Gengahr - A Dream Outside

Everything Everything – Get To Heaven

Everything Everything - Get To Heaven

Murlo – Odyssey

Murlo - Odyssey

Kamasi Washington – The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Grimes – Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels

Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls

Iron Maiden - Book Of Souls

Miley Cyrus – Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz

A$AP Rocky – At.Long.Last.A$AP

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP

Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes

Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes

Nicolas Jaar – Pomegranates

Nicolas Jaar - Pomegranates

Battles – La Di Da Di

Battles - La Di Da Di

Bop English – Constant Bop

Bop English - Constant Bop

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams

Out Come The Wolves – Rancid

Out Come The Wolves - Rancid

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers

Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC

Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

Arca – Mutant

Arca - Mutant

Tame Impala – Currents

Tame Impala - Currents

Dishonorable Mention: Bjork – Vulnicura (Vinyl Cover)

Bjork - Vulnicura

(Seriously. What is that?!)

Selections made by Emma Wilson, Callum Martin-Moore, James Noble, Liam Inscoe – Jones, Rachel Lewis, Charlie Barnes, Liam Fleming, Jacob Banks, Shaun Brewster, Ellen Hutchinson and George Lestner

All images belong solely to their artists, not us: thanks for the work guys.

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