For 2009 - Loney Dear - Dear John
Most people might think that the Loney Dear album cover is a great looking graphic. In fact it is a legandary object, at least to those of us who grew up with the Voyager satellites going out in space, promises of new, uncharted worlds opening out before us. This is the golden record that is stored in the Voyager satellites, in case an intelligent life form out there finds it and wants to know more about who made it. You can see an explanatory diagramm below the record and read more about it here. I have no more information about the design of the cover than the name of Emil's live-gig photographer, Kate Gaughran.
For the 00's - Tori Amos - Abnormally Attracted To Sin
Limited edition packaging galore! Only the actual CD is missing (the record you see peeping out is the DVD)
What a great package. Not only the music is good but, as is the norm with Tori, the album artwork rules. Especially the limited edition pack, which includes a special booklet, a poster and a DVD with visualettes for the songs. It even has a little key-hole at the back, from which you peep Tori! Art direction and design were done by Christopher Kornmann for spit and image. This graphic design studio specialises in beautifull album artwork, so it was a natural choice. For the album's photographic component, Amos enlisted fashion photographer Karen Collins. "I love the way (Collins) shoots women," Amos stated about the photographer's work. "It's not vulgar or demeaning, but I find it just sexy. They look empowered to me, and I like her style." The setting for the album's artwork is a cream-colored hotel room, with various photos of Amos depicting different ideas of sensuality through images such as voyeurism and sadomasochism, both of which tie into the ideas of power explored throughout the album. And although she does appear a bit too photoshopped in them, the photos are gorgeous.