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Analysis of 10 album covers

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  • 1. They show the name of the Band and the Album, which is conventional We can see all of the band members which in conventional of this genre There is a direct mode of address from the singer The colour red has connotations of love which relates to the album name, also the way they are all snuggled up together connotes love The set looks fairly minimalistic which could be an indication to the genre of music The name of the band and album are both in the middle of the cover which is unconventional
  • 2. We cannot see the name of the band not the album, which is unconventional, but we know it’s the white stripes because fans have associated the red and white colours with the band. There is a skull behind the woman, this may be a representation of the genre of the album The clothes that they are wearing are very much stylised, which gives us an idea as to the style of the band There is a black shadow at the bottom left and the only thing making light is a bulb in the top right, its like light against the darkness, which could be a theme in the songs They are both sitting on what seems to be an amplifier, and they both are in fearful poses, so its like the amp is their shelter from whatever is scaring them. We can see both the band members which is fairly conventional.
  • 3. We can see the name of the band and album which is a convention of digipaks W can see the man is covered in a puzzle, which is a link to the name of the album The pose of the man is depressed, worried, upset and shocked. This could be a reference to the type of songs that are on the album. There is a piece of the puzzle on the floor. This could be the reason for the mans woe’s, or it could be a message that the band feels there is something missing from modern man. The main light in the room comes from the two men in the door frame, this seems to separate the man of the stool from the them. So they have used lighting.
  • 4. We can see the name of the band and the album which is conventional of digipaks. We can see a pic in the middle which is a direct illustration of the name of the album. We can see a Parental Advisory warning which is not often seen on digipaks. The band members are in the pose of ‘The creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo. But instead of reaching out for each other they’re reaching for the pic, possibly highlighting its importance. We can see the hand of a demon reaching out for the pic. This could be a connotation of what the music may be like, given all the things associated with demons.
  • 5. Unconventionally we cannot see the name of the band on the digipak. This may be as they are releasing the album for their fans, and not to make money. This is not simply a squiggly line, it is an AM frequency. So the line is not only a reference to the name of the album ‘AM’ and the initials of the band ‘Arctic Monkeys’ The fact it is only a white line on a black background could be interpreted to mean the band has basics on this album The design is very arty, as it has very little to it to promote the band, this could be an indication to the genre of music. The line is also a direct link to the music video of one on the album.
  • 6. We can see the name of the band and the album which is conventional of music videos. We can see an illustration of the two band members which is stereotypical of the genre their music belongs to. The name of the album could be a reference to the genre or style of music There is juxtaposition of the glasses of the band members, which promote peace and love, and the name of the album. It is quite a minimalistic cover as there is not much more to the cover than a black and white painting of the band
  • 7. We can see the name of band and album which is conventional of digipaks, however the names are squashed to make way for the main image. There is a very arty logo on the cover that is disconnected from the main image. The main image is a reenactment of the classic Dracula 1931 bloodsucker pose. This could be an indication of the genre of music. The over all theme is very simple with only a selection of colours being used. We can see that the woman is crying, and the man has a skull mask on his face. These could both be a reference to the kind of music on the album There is some juxtaposition with the colour pink and the two characters in the middle, as pink connotes feelings of relaxation and comfort.
  • 8. We can see the name of band and album which is conventional of digipaks. The name is in a font type that looks to be hand written The logo of the band is show three times. The center piece of the digipak has to be the cat/astronaut because it is so odd. I feel that this attracts people and grabs their attention. The astronaut is a reference to the album name. There seems to be no relation between the genre of the music and the digipak cover. The name of the band is highlighted by the yellow sticker, next to the mundane background colours
  • 9. We can see the name of the band and album which is a convention of digipaks. The name of the band and album is highlighted because they’re in colour while the image is in black and white. The facial expressions of the band members is relaxed and calm, this is a possible suggestion as to the genre of music. They have put Stereo at the top which connotes the time it was release, it gives it a slight retro feel The fashion style of the band is fairly casual, which is stereotypical of bands of their genre
  • 10. We can see the name of the band and album which is conventional of digipaks The art style of the digipak is classically iron maiden. Which pulls in the fan base they have built up. The name of the album is illustrated by the artwork, as space is the final frontier. The oddness and the arbitrariness of the art draws in new audiences as well

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