Written by Islam Lotfy & Lama El-Najdi
Music to Islam is the axis of his life, he’s crazy about rock, and he makes music covers as well . Lama is equally passionate about music and believes music can resonate to one far beyond words alone, she hopes her love for music can transcend through this article. We can’t wait to see what these two co-writers have in store for us on Musical Vibes!
Cover Arts are the main selling point to an album, and we can’t help but be drawn to ones, and drawn away from others. However, there’s far more to it than just that, and most of them hold a deeper understanding in relation to the artist, and we’re here today to discuss that.
It was not until the 40’s, when Colombia Records hired its first Art Director that the idea of “Cover arts” came into existence. Album/Cover art is like a visual statement that help us find the tone of what we’re about to hear.
While the idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” has been repeated more times than we’ve heard the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, it particularly remains one that we don’t follow. You don’t need to listen to the whole album to know what you’re going to get, it’s just like a marriage prenup!
We wish we had the time and the power to talk about every single cover art that made history and how it evolved from The Doors to The Velvet Underground ending up with Rihanna and Drake’s cover arts; but we decided to pick the two closest to us for now!
1967, The Beatles, Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Just like the Beatles challenged the convention of popular music and revolutionized it; no single cover art has defined its era, artists and even the audience like this one. These life-size cardboard cutouts of the Beatles’ heroes and contemporaries surrounding them came out like a visual snapshot of the 60s. This album cover that won the Grammy’s was the touchdown for the psychedelic music culture.
The collage weirdly engages you in so many ways. It wants you to ask question like “What do all these actors, actresses, philosophers, athletes have in common?” This mix of high and low cultures is unique and even exemplifies the Beatles themselves. The Beatles here mock the corrupted Pop culture by featuring themselves twice on the cover art; once as the sad dull wax figures they were at the beginning, then as the smiley-bright-colored dolls they were demanded to be or act as. While actually they’ve never been either of them. Possibly in between them like all of us.
Curiously, there’s no Elvis Presley! This is weird especially that we’ve read that he was their personal supreme hero growing up.
2015, Coldplay’s “A head full of Dreams”
Arguably 2015’s most anticipated album. It’s no secret that Coldplay being everyone’s favorite band is an unwritten rule! The artwork looks so psychedelic, and abstract. We think the artwork goes really well with the title when your head is up in the clouds, you’re simultaneously thinking a million thoughts of the absolute weirdest stuff, and really the more you look into the artwork the more it gets weirder. Which is very fitting!
At this point, since the album has already been released for almost half a year now, everyone knows all the songs by heart. It sounds very different from their older stuff, and it’s personally not our favorite, however the album is solid, the songs and the lyrics are beautiful, and the collaborations with Beyoncé and Tove Lo were bomb.
Fun fact, the children’s pictures featured in the art work are of the band members themselves!
AND for all the hardcore fans out there, in case you didn’t know, there’s this link
Click it and you’ll be able to make your own AHFOD art work. –You can thank us in the comments below.
So actually if you think about it, the two art works we talked about this week resemble each other one way or another, the diversity, the weird collages, the colorful pallets, the psychedelic touch.
And yes we get to say, The Beatles knew it all back in the time! <3
What do you think?
So which is your favorite cover art? What do you think of this week’s choices? Does cover art influence your choice/taste in music? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts!