10 Worst Album Covers

As you may know from my previous post, my music is off-reach for the moment, so, in order to keep the views coming, I have decided to create this post, the fifteen worst album covers I have ever seen. I thought I’d too a best fifteen album covers, but that’s not as original as it used to be. So here’s part one of two-part series, the second one being about single covers. So here we go:

Sheng Sheng Zui Ru Lan, alan

Starting off things is alan; as you may know, I absolutely love both her work and her covers, but her Chinese debut cover album, Sheng Sheng Zui Ru Lan (entranced with the voice of Alan), is really awful: first of all, what’s with the characters flying everywhere and the huge period? The typographic work done here is amateur and, unfortunately, plain disgusting. Then we come to the image. It represents very badly the whole idea of this album, everything from the blue sky and sea, the plants in the corner, and the horrible pink dress she’s wearing. (And yes, this is a Chinese album, but it’s still alan, so let’s just say it counts.)

PAPILLON, Shimatani Hitom

Next up is another of my favorite artists, who unfortunately has a reputation with me of having the worst ever album covers, with the exception of Tsuioku+LOVE LETTER, PRIMA ROSA and Flare; and even there, they’re not all as good. Shimatani Hitomi’s PAPILLON is just plain distasteful. Especially the typography. The letters are completely random, and although she looks very nice, the image is really horrible (what does a butterfuly have to do with a girl on a motorcycle?). Yet another album cover for the hall of fame of worst album covers.

Dolce, Ami Suzuki

Opinions about this cover are probably divided, but mine is unanimously “hate”. Don’t get me wrong, I actually like pink, it’s a great color, even though this form of pink is almost revolting. The problem with the CD edition of DOLCE is not that it doesn’t represent the title (“dolce” means “soft” or “sweet”, and the cover really does express that), but that the mix of a little bit of white and lots of pink, and then the horrible mirrors, really isn’t great.

Gates of Heaven, Do As Infinity

Here’s another cover where the photography is pretty bad, Do As Infinity’s GATES OF HEAVEN, their fifth and before-last album. It’s not horrible, just plain boring, uninspiring, unrepresentative of the theme, and average. The lettering is pretty horrible too; at the very top of the cover, and with a uselessly tilted G (I have the font, so I know that the G isn’t titled normally). Do As Infinity’s album covers are pretty bad, with the exception  of Break of Dawn and Need Your Love, but this one stands out as the worst.


YUI’s covers tend to be good, but FROM ME TO YOU is such a horrible cover. I hate all the text (we don’t need to know how many tracks there are, that’s why there’s a back cover, I really don’t care about the stereo, and obviously is a CD) and the font used, and the blurred image of YUI isn’t all that great either. The cover doesn’t express “from me to you” at all, neither does that of CAN’T BUY MY LOVE. (I Loved Yesterday’s cover does have a meaning, but it’s sort of hiddden.)

The Marrow of a Bone, Dir en Grey

Lack of inspiration, resources, ideas, or what? Dir en Grey’s THE MARROW OF A BONE is a prime example of horrible typography and photography combined into one piece of crap. All caps rarely look good, especially on regular serif fonts such as the one above. Then there’s the image, which I don’t get, and is probably just trying to be spooky, because that’s Dir en Grey’s schtick; most of the time. I could add all of their album covers, but I think this one will suffice.

Big Bang!!!, Shoko Nakagawa

Shoko Nakagawa’s Big Bang!!! pretty much visualizes her otaku-ness by being one of the most cheesy covers ever. The dress, the Mars setting, the horrible italic sans-serif in super-bold and the three exclamation points as well as the Neil Armstrong, moon-landing pose are just way over the top and plain horrible. Fortunately, her covers after this one get better.

Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari, Ikimono Gakari

Next up is Ikimono Gakari’s Sakura Saku Machi Monogatari (the story of the town where the cherry blossoms bloom). Do I really have to explain? The image, the disgusting graphics around it, the improper English (or should I say Engrish?) grammar used in the translation of the title below the image (the story of town where cherry blossoms bloom).

LOVE JAM, Ai Otsuka

Alright, the cover for Ai Otsuka’s LOVE JAM isn’t all that bad, and is somewhat of a last-minute addition to this list. I only like Ai’s covers from LOVE COOK, and this one is by far her worst. Her covers tend to accentuate her cuteness, and this one sure does that, but the jam on the face and the tongue sticking out is sort of stupid. Not a bad cover, just stupid.

break the rules, Namie Amuro

I hate Namie Amuro, but most of her covers are good. But break the rules really does break the rules of design. Number one, what’s with the Trump-style “name all over the place and the title is really unimportant and small and hard to discover”? The photography is bland, the font sucks and the color doesn’t suit the picture.


5 Responses to “10 Worst Album Covers”

  1. 1 solarblade November 7, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Ai’s cover is a little XXX to me, that’s why I always make fun of her because of the various innuendos she has anyways

  2. 2 Selryam November 9, 2008 at 4:58 am

    Oh, hell no…

    You didn’t like Dolce’s cover?! D:

    Or LOVE JAM’s?! D:

    Damn… Gotta agree with the rest of the post, though. Those are some ugly covers.

  3. 3 radiantdawn November 12, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I’m gonna have to disagree with alan’s and Ami Suzuki’s. alan’s because she looks really pretty and Ami’s because I just really liked the covrs for DOLCE. She looked adorable. x:

    I agree on most of them though, except for Shokotan’s.

  4. 4 blackmager November 24, 2008 at 7:49 am

    This is a first.
    Someone that didn’t like DOLCE?
    😮 I loved that stuff.
    And I’m fine with Hitomis though.
    Close enough to the whole spanish thing the album had going on, even though the cover seems more Filipino.
    And I kinda like that Dir En Grey. It freaked me out since i never noticed that picture before.

    Everything else, I can agree.
    I really don’t like Ai’s cover. It’s just really…nasty.

  5. 5 renaye November 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    sometimes i wonder if the stars have a say in their cover art and such.

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