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BEST OF 2011: ALBUM ARTS: THE PRETTY AND THE FUGTASTIC!!! January 16, 2012

Filed under: ~Best of 2011~ — solarblade @ 5:15 am

Yay!!!!, so now we’re onto art covers this year and there is oddly not a lot from both sides but definitely enough to make a list out of em!!!!!  So let’s get it!….SHINE GET!

BEST

  • °C-ute – Chou WONDERFUL!⑥
  • D – VAMPIRE SAGA
  • HIMEKA – Himekanvas
  • Maria – MERCI VOX
  • ON/OFF – Legend of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu-
  • Sakanaction – DocumentaLy
  • SuG – Thrill Ride Pirates
  • Suneohair – Suneohair
  • TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Kodou no Himitsu
  • YuiKaori – Puppy

The 5 almost very pretty covers!!!

In the better side of album covers comes 15-11 starting with Kanako Ito’s cover for VECTOR.  I think I’m a sucker for some anime-ish covers and since I’m not sure what this one is based from it stood out to me because the character stands out from the pink background nicely.  Kind of looks like she’s laying on some platform.  Aira and Saori’s fit the the title of the album…you know since it is called ×~PARK OF THE SAFARI.  Kind of goofy but it does have a rather safari-like theme to it!  Of course it’s from the cheetah, leopard, and zebra print y’know and the middle having a giraffe on the savannah…I mean it’s that obvious.  Mix Speaker’s, Inc. usually has pretty nifty cover arts but I think I prefer “Wonder Traveling” still.  The cover for It’s a Dream World is simple but it has the members in costumes (kind of their shtick as an oshare-kei band y’know?).  Simple but cool.  CIRCUS’ cover from Chiaki Kuriyama actually surprised me since it’s totally out of left field and I didn’t expect this from the singles either.  I like how there’s a cage around her head and a bird perched on it…plus Chiaki’s shocked expression is priceless lmao.  Last but not least, the cover for eufonius’ Phonon was different but not overbearing.  The whole piano look was kind of cool but the blotches of cover kind of gives it a much needed life actually lol.  I liked it a lot!

10. Eri Takenaka – Kioku no Mori no Ghibli

There’s just some really relaxing and nature-friendly about Eri’s cover for her cover album of Ghibli’s songs.  Just the fact she’s standing their holding an acoustic guitar in a forest is just pleasant.  Though sometimes I get the feeling that the cover was painted and p-shopped on but whatever, it’s a pretty good cover from her!

9. Akiko Shikata – Istoria ~Kalliope~

Like I said, I’m a sucker for some anime covers and Akiko’s never seem to not impress me so here we have the cover of the LAST album released this year.  Istoria is bright and full of fantasy shtuff that I oogled over it.  Plus the main character shown was drawn REAL nicely here. 

8. Daichi Miura – D.M.

Nothing like a good intergalactic cover right…Since it fits “Black Hole” (odd) Daichi’s album cover for D.M. was really different yet kind of artistic in a way.  Daichi free-falling in front of a sun with beams of light going through him.  Better is that we don’t see his natural beauty as well so it’s not a factor here lol.  Different, but I like it a lot!

7. Shoujo Jidai – GIRLS’ GENERATION

Likewise, Shoujo Jidai’s cover for GIRLS’ GEN was pretty different for a K-pop group to do since it’s bright and has a rather monochromatic tone to it to make seem a little more fluffier looking.  Plus I like the setting of the room as well…and the text for the album was nice.  It just was a nice cover all-around for me!

6. ALI PROJECT – QUEENDOM

Heh, ALIPRO…they always have such bold and unique art covers for everything it seems!  This year they might not have had as many interesting covers but I thought one that stood out the most was QUEENDOM actually.  I love the medieval setting with Arika on a horse in front of a castle…very fitting stile and even though it’s a little odd for an Asian to be in front of a European castle (at least I think it is) it’s still rather cool nonetheless.

5. Sound Horizon – Märchen

I have to admit, Sound Horizon also makes pretty good art covers to different things and “Moira” was on this list back a couple years ago.  Märchen was intriguing because not only it has a night version, but it has a day version and they both contrast each other SO well!  I will say the night one was better since there’s a lot more creepy things going on…LOVE IT!

4. Genki Rockets – GENKI ROCKETS II -No border between us-

Ahhh, gotta love this cover for GRII.  I mean it’s Rachel (I think) levitating above grown and somehow she has the ability to bend the air XD.  It’s simple but it’s got such a breezy, happy vibe like the album that it just works as a whole.  Though having the “II” being in rainbow was a little unusual… >.>

3. NIKIIE – *(NOTES)

NIKIIE’s debut album cover was interesting to me.  I mean it’s like some other artists who lay down and act as the focal point of the cover but NIKIIE made it interesting with the drawing that lie around her.  I do wonder what she drew but it’s kind of cool and has this lonely feel with the way she’s laying there in a near-fetal position with her shoes off XD  Still a pleasant cover here.

2. Koda Kumi – Dejavu

This is prolly Kuu’s most random cover but I loved it (and it’s leagues better than that cover, “UNIVERSE” had).  From the clocktower setting, to the random items, and the cakes…this cover was kind of classy and a little more softer than the last few covers that tried to WOW people but didn’t….(here’s looking at you “Kingdom” and “TRICK”).  I think Kuu looks good here as well so it worked here…loved this cover.

1. MONKEY MAJIK – westview

I love covers that are shot in another country and shows off a town or village.  With the cover for westview, the band actually went to Greece for this one and it’s a great cover!  I mean the building are white and blue…add in a sea on the side and you’ve got such a great looking cover.  The other cover is always quite nice since it’s set at dusk…they really took best cover art for the year in my eyes!

WORST

  • Akiko Hasegawa – Simply Lovely
  • girl next door – Agaruneku!
  • HIROKO – OPEN THE DOOR
  • Kie Kitano – Shin
  • KOKIA – pieces
  • Momoi Haruko – Showa
  • Nami Tamaki – Ready

Oi ve, here’s the 5 that are bad but not stinkers!

Clearly there wasn’t as many bad covers which is good but there was still a bit.  JPN from Perfume feels rather simple and boring which is weird because I had the same problem with their last album.  I mean the girls posing next to (under) the letter of the title just doesn’t cut i!  SFP’s Prog-Roid cover is such a disappointment after “amp-reflection’s” which is still one of the coolest covers I’ve ever seen.  This one just lacks effort and looks weird to me.  I guess Safarii’s cover for Mou Ichido Waraeru Kara isn’t so bad since it’s the trio on the beach and all the but the text actually bothers me here!  It just ruined it for me.  A simple headshot bored me and that’s the case with U&I from AYUSE KOZUE…I mean the pastel pink background was boring and the fuzzy effect kind of felt unneeded IMO.  Not cool.  Finally, pure elements by RO-KYU-BU! was just a standard pose in front of a beach shot…though they’ve had too basic of covers in their active time.

10. SPYAIR – Rockin’ the World

You would think the band would actually appear on their major label album debut…since they were on all five of their singles…but NOOOOOO all we get is a flag waving with the band’s name and the title of the album on the bottom…WHAT THE HELL…bad decision to be honest!

9. Kylee – 17

Kylee’s cover for her first album was also quite a bust as well.  I mean it looks way to plain and basic for her (especially since her singles for the most part were rather interesting ones).  I mean “Everlasting” was also a headshot…but at least THAT WAS GOOD unlike this boring ass cover!

8. Stereopony – More! More!! More!!!

I do not know why Stereopony had to get such a crappy cover out for their third album.  I mean the lighting is all off and make the members look like druggies or something.  It didn’t help that the text was godawful and the top left and bottom right had phrases about the album…EW…it’s like Kuu’s “POP DIVA” and “COME WITH ME” covers all over again…

7. Sakura Gakuin – Sakura Gakuin 2010 ~message~

It’s boring and simple…what more could be said about Sakura Gakuin’s debut album…it just was too unoriginal and lame-sauce for me!

6. FLOPPY – Over Technology

While this isn’t as bad as “PROTOSCIENCE” was, Over Technology is not far behind and has a pretty mundane and boring covers this year.  I mean a big gray F with the background being all ocean blue.  Though if I look closer, I see some of that gray in the blue…just boring and useless!

5. Angela Aki – WHITE

The problem with WHITE from Angela Aki is that it’s TOO WHITE.  There is just a serious lack of color (the only color besides that is Angela’s skin color…gawd this was a very boring cover and even though the white piano is cool…it just blended to much to the already one-color statement Angela was going for T.T

4. Versailles – Holy Grail

You might think, why’s Versailles cover for Holy Grail on this list because it’s a nice and interesting cover yeah!  I mean the little girl walking into a dance is cool…but that’s not it.  The first thing I noticed was not the background but the horrible text of the title’s name that takes a third of the cover.  Plus the golden color of the band’s name on the bottom didn’t help either.  It felt like it was lazily placed…I mean we could’ve had better text here. 

3. Chara – Dark Candy

If you’re gonna look like someone that’s been abused by a clown and haven’t tooken a shower for weeks, Chara’s Dark Candy might be the visual after.  God forbid whoever thought this was a good idea because it’s a shitty looking headshot.  The blue lips that look rather fish-lipped and her derpy stare just doen’t cut it for me!  I mean you can try to defend this all you want…but “CAROL” was a better cover…at least she didn’t ram her face into the wall muliple times for different bruise colors >.>

2. eufonius – bezel

If you want a lazy cover, then eufonius’ bezel is in order here.  I mean wires strung out in a random fashion doesn’t make sense to me and I’m sure not to many other people as well…but the whole grayscale + the typewriter-like text of the cover just felt like it was done in 15 minutes time.  What is the point of this?  I mean at least “Phonon” was trying something right…

1. KOKIA – moment

Kind of like the case of alan’s “Ai wa Chikara”, KOKIA’s moment really was just a bunch of bull.  Taking a picture of the sky with clouds flying by just isn’t all that great of a cover and after the last few KOKIA covers…this was a drop!  Plus if you looked at it closer…WHY is the “A” in her name spaced far away from the “I”….it’s just ODD and stupid because not it looks like the title is like “KOKI A moment”….HUH?!?…worst cover by far!

 

 

NEXT TIME….THE FINAL POST, BEST ALBUMS OVERALL!!!

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4 Responses to “BEST OF 2011: ALBUM ARTS: THE PRETTY AND THE FUGTASTIC!!!”

  1. aquagon Says:

    Just to expand a little, the characters featured in the cover of Istoria ~Kalliope~ are the Muse Calliope herself (on the left), and Orpheus (on the right), which are the main characters in most of the myths retold in the songs.

  2. alan~ Says:

    I agree with you, but please! Dejavu has a horrible cover!!! One of the worst in my opinion!!!

  3. Lex Says:

    I nominate Dark Candy as worst cover art! lol

  4. Azul23 Says:

    Why is MAA’s debut album not on here..??? She had the worst album art cover!!!


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