Posted on December 15, 2021
Thanks to the quick and harsh social media feedback, many artists have the opportunity to correct their terrible album covers even before their release. In 2021, Lana Del Rey pivoted after fans roasted her horrific first draft of blue ramps, while Rick Ross changed the original ‘Church Going Granny’ look from Richer than I’ve ever been for a more contemplative version.
And yet, despite the abundance of constructive criticism, many artists still managed to release gruesome album covers this year. Some of them were zero budget Bandcamp artists – but just as many were world famous artists, proving that not all money in the world can buy the right taste.
Now that you’ve enjoyed the top albums and top songs of 2021, get ready for the worst album covers of the year below. Also, don’t forget to check out last year’s list of the worst album covers of 2020.
30. João Donato & Jards Macalé
Síntese do launches
No matter how cute and friendly their smiles are, there is something sinister about these Brazilian bossa nova guys hanging out naked in the bushes, ready to jump and terrify the next person walking past. I categorically refuse to listen to this album until you put on some hellish clothes!
29. Nad Sylvan
The Genesis Revisited frontman gives Nad a quick kick out with an old portrait of himself spooking everyone at the Renaissance party.
29. Brothers in arms
Sunset and Clark
Sunset and Clark is an endless mirror of rock clichés, as an album cover image appears six times in the cover itself, and the words “Whiskey a Go Go” can be found 11 times (by our calculations – see if you can spot more!).
Swedish hard rockers Proud are returning with their first album in 37 years, and they must surely be feeling a bit like this caveman surrounded by modern technology. But we have questions. How did he get access to a tattoo needle? Where does he charge his laptop in this arid desert? This caveman looks bloated – did he go to the gym?
27. Liz Phair
For her first album in over a decade, Liz Phair returned with this Photoshop monstrosity, which portrays New York with the aesthetic of a social studies textbook.
26. The offspring
Let the bad times roll
Offspring frontman Dexter Holland leads his hot sauce company, which perhaps explains the extremely cheesy visual style of the band’s 10th album. Inexplicably combining Día de los Muertos’ imagery with a pirate flag and fists full of money and pills, it would certainly look as cool as hell on a bottle of hot sauce.
еловек охой компьютер
“человек плохой компьютер” translates to “bad computer man”. It’s a powerful commentary on how technology is leading us to the verge of insanity, making us so out of touch with reality that we find ourselves on the beach with an ironing board, yelling at poodles.
23. Grand Paul Ferguson
Killing Joke member Big Paul Ferguson says something about group thinking and / or media with Virtual control, which depicts a baby with OSX reels over his eyes and looks like a ‘wake up sheep’ meme your uncle would share on Facebook.
In ironic homage to the hair metal of the 80s, Van Weezerthe nerdy album cover art is on the money. But since the backdrop is actually a stock image called a “free electric lightning texture background”, it’s not so cheesy as it’s just lazy.
21. The feat of Lil Wayne. Rich the child
Babies Trust Fund
Lil Wayne has a long tradition of fun baby-themed album releases, but the cartoon Babies Trust Fund is less The Carter and more Captain Slip.
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