I got this idea from my sister in-law and like her, I like to judge a book by it’s cover. So this weeks top 5 is all about albums you can accurately judge (good or bad) by the cover they’re wrapped in. I know this is a little bit of a challenge, especially in the era of the mp3, but don’t wuss out. Screw on your thinking cap, fire up your Google and gimme your selections.
Here are mine:
When gangsta rap first hit, it was fucking scary and NWA was the face of it. Everything about Straight Outta Compton was raw, anti-establishment and frightening all the way down to the album cover and you staring down the barrel of Ice Cube’s gun.
From the rock staple Les Paul guitar to the standard rock star lead guitar stance this cover tells you you’re about to put in a pure rock and roll album. Some’ll love it, some’ll hate it but you’re gonna get exactly what you expect…
This cover serves as a warning as much as anything else. It says, “this album is gonna fuck you up.” IMO, is still one of this heaviest albums ever.
This cover features the infamous photo of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk burning himself to death in Saigon. The monk was protesting the government’s oppression of the Buddhist religion. The cd features 10 tracks rife with protest and politics. In the end, there may not be a better song/cover paring ever.
This cd cover screams; CLICHE, INSIPID, UNINSPIRED AND BORING. The cd whimpers it.