Whether we want to admit it or not, album art is sometimes the most important part of new releases. We frame it on our walls. We share it on all our socials. And some of us even get it permanently inked on our bodies. 2017 saw some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking, and memorable album art. With the help of some of our friends, we put together a list of our favorite album covers from 2017.
Check out the list below and if you’ve missed any of our previous Year In Review posts, you can click here.
Sami Marshall – Infectious Magazine Managing Editor
There’s something so beautiful about how simple the cover of The Maine‘s Lovely Little Lonely. It grabs your attention and makes you think. It’s the perfect album art to go along with such a perfect album!
Brooke Daly – Infectious Magazine Staff
Sometimes, cliches are true. After all, they exist for a reason. While going all out for an album design often produces beautiful results, there’s something to be said about a stripped down approach. Less can be more. My Ticket Home’s newest offering, unReal, provided the year’s most simplistically beautiful art I’ve seen. It features a black background and a swirl of stunning purple, pink, blue, and red hues in twisted shapes. It may not be complicated, carry deep symbolism, or feature the title prominently, but it gets the job done. It’s stunning without being overstated. Oddly enough, I have yet to give this album a spin!
TJ Horansky of Sleep On It
I love the artwork to Manchester Orchestra‘s A Black Mile to the Surface. When we were drawing up concepts for the Sleep On It artwork, we directly referenced how much we liked the simplicity and negative space of this album cover. Your eye is immediately drawn to the tree and the person hanging on to it. I think we tried to incorporate that element in to our album cover as well.