Great Album, Feeble Cover

You can’t tell an album by its cover. And you can never predict what Bob Dylan is really doing next. His latest album, Tempest, is amazing—possibly the best in decades (especially the title song, a rambling historical ballad about the Titanic disaster). But the album cover is feeble and amateurish. The undistinguished hand-lettered script reminds me of 1970s disco albums, and it is dropped out of a dark red duotone Shutterstock photo of a sculpture. If it wasn’t Dylan it would be a disaster.

Read a review of  Tempest here. See the “Duquensne Whistle” video here. And for more enigmatic Dylan, read a clip of his recent Rolling Stone interview here.

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6 thoughts on “Great Album, Feeble Cover

  1. vanderleun

    Sadly for graphic artists we are now in the post-album cover era of pop music. Like the era of sheet music records ended album covers today don’t mean sheet.

  2. nick

    “I just can’t see this album, music and cover, being made at all if it were by a young artist.’
     
    Which is precisely what’s wrong with the music industry today.

  3. Fer Servadu

    Maybe I’m just not from a generation that can fully appreciate this, but I think that the comment, “If it wasn’t Dylan it would be a disaster,” applies to both the album cover and the music inside. Honestly, I just can’t see this album, music and cover, being made at all if it were by a young artist.

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