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Album cover analysis extended


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Album cover analysis extended

  1. 1. The R on the cover is a sharp shape and which makes the Rihanna audience wonder why she has released an album so juxtaposed to her other ones. This could resemble her strength and determination to make aThe cover of the „Rated R‟ comeback after being affected byalbum shows the audience some aspects of her personal lifethe artist who‟s album it is. which shows power and ratherThe use of thick dark eye than evoking the image of beingmake up makes us think sexy Rihanna appears to want toperhaps this album has a show the audience she isdark twist to it which backs powerful and determined toup the original connotations succeed.of the monochrome and thedarkness it invokes. Rihanna covering her face shows her as not wanting to be revealed to the audience and wanting to stay mysterious and This album cover is solely dark and not revealing herself monochrome and this has an to the audience. This image impact on the audience as it also perhaps shows that she stands out from typical bright doesn‟t wish to be exposed as album covers and those of her others are. previous work. Her previous Rihanna has lots of heavy albums showed Rihanna as jewellery which also adds to being a sexy, confident, vibrant the darkness of this album as it artist however this album cover The album title is written extremely looks thick and heavy as entails a feeling of darkness with small and white so therefore it does though she is not someone to the black and white effects not stand out from the CD cover itself back down easily and she can making her new album seem which could make the audience think stand up for herself. dark and perhaps sinister the title is of no real importance compared to her older work. compared to knowing the artist and noticing the album.
  2. 2. Paramore Paramore released the album Riot mainly in monochrome with the title standing out brightly in red The use of monochrome with and the album being covered grafitti makes the album in the album title. It makes stand out compared to many the audience clearly aware of others as most albums use a the title and makes it seem lot of colour. The main title as though Paramore really which allows the album to be want their album to be noticed clearly is written in noticed and for the audience red which allows the to remember the album title. audience to put the two However their name is only together and recover the entwined in the words „Riot‟ connotations of a „Riot‟ and once and is not very the colour red. This could be distinctive from the rest of representative of the the album cover. It seems as message Paramore wish to though Paramore wanted present with this album as their album to be noticed but the music is an American wanted to keep the band rock band and their music slightly mysterious with the could be seen as being „Riot‟ cleverly done camouflaging music. of their name on the album.This album cover is very different to the newer one theyhave released called „Brand New Eyes.‟ „Riot‟ is a verybusy album cover with lots of detail and writing on the The different styles of graffiticover. The writing is written in graffiti style whereas on writing show a creativenessthe „brand new eyes‟ album cover it is very delicately behind Paramore and possiblywritten and a very basic image. This could perhaps could represent their creativity inshow the growth and change of Paramore during their music.time as performers.
  3. 3. Britney Spears Britney Spears‟ album „Circus‟ comes across to theThe artist Britney Spears audience as being „Circus‟looks very relaxed and based as the cream curtainfeminine in a pale dress with backdrop in the CD coverher arms in front of her and allows the audience to seeher head tilted to the side. this as it resembles a circusShe appears very relaxed and scene. The use of brighthappy about being involved in colours to frame the coverthe „Circus‟ represented by increases the circus imagethe album. Her hair is very as many circus‟ are brightlight blonde and towards the and happy places. There areend begins to flow and blend blue stars also framing theinto the background slightly as artist in the cover whothough she is a part of the appears to be the centre of„circus‟ imagery. Her hair attention as it is her albumbeing down, long and flowing and she wants the audienceshows her to be very feminine to be aware of that and knowand relaxed. She appears her as the artist and thevery comfortable and this album being noticeable helpscould reflect the album she enforce this.has released.This is very different to theother albums she releasedclose to this one as she The title of the album is smaller than the artist‟s name as she wants toappears very innocent and be recognised by the audience more so than the title. Also with ityouthful like her earliest being written in red it contrasts with the artist‟s picture and thealbums whereas the album background as they are pale colours towards the bold red allowing the„Blackout‟ she looks very dark artist‟s name to stand out. The album title „Circus‟ is written also boldand sexy rather than youthful but smaller and in yellow which blends in with the background slightlyand innocent. more than the red writing which shows a less significant title compared to the artist‟s name.
  4. 4. Cheryl ColeThe monochrome of the album Cheryl Cole‟s album „3 words‟may have been used in order appears to be a very basic,to add to the femininity of the feministic album that allows thealbum in general. There is no audience to see her as a solocolour in the picture besides artist performing and sheblack, white and a grey-scale. appears very feminine in theThis enables the album to picture with a head piece on thatstand out as it looks has a mesh covering her face.aesthetically pleasing to an She appears distant from theaudience to see a calm, audience behind the veil and thisrelaxed looking album cover. makes her seem very feminineThe artist on the cover also. The flowers on her hairappears very relaxed and show the femininity of the albumcalm which also adds to the which from the CD cover mayaesthetics brought along with come across as being purelythe album. female based. It appears that the artist does notWith the writing being very have any clothes on & the titlesmall on this cover it shows appears tattooed on her skin.the significance of Cheryl Cole She appears to be exposed withbeing entwined with her the lack of clothing which isalbum. It allows the audience juxtaposed to the veil coveringto see that she wishes to be her face which makes her seemrecognised with the album. distant. The text on the CD cover is written in a very curvy, feminine font that makes the audience think she is basing her album on her femininity. The fact that it is superimposed onto her body is almost branding her with the album so that if the album is a success she will be seen as a success and if the album doesn‟t do well, she will be brandished with that. It appears she is loyal as with the superimposed titles she is then tied in with the album.
  5. 5. Eminem The album, „Recovery‟ is written in a plain colour with red circle and white cross to represent the O in „Recovery‟This album appears from a which can represent adistance as being very basic and hospital, allowing us tosimple however when looking question whether the buildingproperly at this album it is in the background is anoticeable that there is an hospital of some sort andessential amount of detail which questioning whether Eminemattracts the audience to the is recovering from drink oralbum‟s meaning. drug problems in rehab.The large, modern building in the However it all remains abackground catches the mystery as the cover does notaudience‟s eye making them reveal anything about thewonder what this building is and artist. The fact that the E isits significance to the artist. On a written backwards shows thiscloser inspection there appears to is Eminem‟s album evenbe a glass box before the building though his name is notshowing the artist, Eminem, actually printed on it. This isseated on a chair reading a book because Eminem‟s trademarkwith a television in front of him. is having a backwards E in hisThis allows the audience time to name.question the artist‟s motivesbehind the album and whatsignificance it entails.It would appear that with thealbum being called „Recovery‟ it The „Parental Advisory‟ symbol printed on the album shows a level of maturity towould show Eminem‟s recovery the album and that parents should determine whether or not the material isfrom something in his personal life appropriate for children to hear. This shows that even though there may be signsthat has affected him. The album of bad language there is a maturity to the fact it has been printed on the album andis very simplistic and it could therefore Eminem promotes the album as being potentially unsuitable.represent his life without the thingthat has/was troubling him.
  6. 6. Adam LambertThe album cover for AdamLamberts album “For YourEntertainment” is very flamboyantand colourful. The way his face & The text on the album coverhand are being shown quite pale & changes in the artists nameperfectly smooth almost reflects and the album title. The artistshim as being pure and innocent name is written very bold &compared to the background and quite largely all in capital lettershis hair which are electric blues so that it stands out allowingand purples, perhaps suggesting the audience to know this artisthis album is very lively and as he wants to be well known.energetic as it is typical to see the The colour choice allows it toelectric blues around lots of lively blend with the background butdance places EG; clubs and bars. because of the white/silver it allows it to be fairly noticeable Adam Lambert on this photograph to an audience. has very piercing eyes which The writing for the album title is catch the eye of the audience as quite small in comparison to they are also highlighted by eye the artists name but the graffitti make up, which is unusual to see style writing is very eye on males in typical a typical catching as it is quite sharp society. However by highlighting and rigid and written in silver his eyes with eye make up it The choice of hand glove in this picture could contrasts with the dark allows the audience to see his represent that Adam Lambert is not a typical „pop background colours. eyes very clearly as they are a star‟ as he has a glove with metal chains hanging piercing blue & also shows he is off it. It contrasts with the use of make up as the very individualistic as he wears make up comes across slightly feminine whereas make up in public & appears to be the chains appear quite intimidating making him a a very groomed person. mysterious artist.
  7. 7. The Pretty RecklessThe pretty reckless albumcover appears very basic butalso interesting to theaudience as it allows them to The band namesee the main singer looking appears on the albumvery feminine and dark with cover as being verylong hair flowing around her. dark and bold whichAs the album is in black and reflects the band‟swhite the artists make up alternative rock genre.appears very dark and dull The word „pretty‟ iswhich reflects the name of smaller than „The‟ andboth the band and the album. „Reckless‟ which makes„The Pretty Reckless‟ and the audience think thattheir album „Make Me Wanna perhaps the artist doesDie‟ both seem very dark and not feel „pretty‟ or thesinister which makes the album is not describedaudience think this album is as being „pretty.‟going to have a depressing The album title istone to it and be very dark written in red whichand evil. says „Make Me Wanna Die‟ it is a dark title and The X‟s written at the bottom the colours black and of the album seems as though red are connotations of perhaps the artist has done death and pain making something wrong. The graffiti the album seem even style makes it look as though darker than it already they have been purposely did. drawn on to make the album seem even darker.
  8. 8. Jay Z This album cover is quite appealing as the white scaleJay-Z is written in a regular background covered in varioussized black font which items such as keyboards, lightsstands out however it is not and guitars aren‟t very noticeablethe most noticeable part of from a distance but up close theythe cover. It almost seems are easily noticed making it standas though the artist & the out to the buyers especially withtitle are insignificant the only other colour presentcompared to the imagery being 3 bold red lines used topresented on the picture. catch the attention of theThe album cover in general audience.seems fairly basic but has The use of the 3 red lines and thean impact on the audience background collage symbolisesand allows them to notice it the albums title “The Blueprint 3”and take it in. Its quite which is written quite small in thememorable and corner of top right corner of theindividualistic which makes cover along with the samethe audience remember the symbolic 3 lines however thesealbum cover showing that it lines are just in plain black writinghas had a positive effect. and aren‟t very noticeable in comparison to the 3 bold red lines.
  9. 9. Cobra starshipThe album cover for CobraStarship is very unique andeye-catching to theaudience as the use ofanimated text which looksalmost drawn on by hand The way the album title iswith bright colours and bold presented is very individual andblack outline allows it to presents the genre of the artist instand out to a crowd and as a clever manner. The way theit is very bright and bold it title is written on the inside of thecatches the audiences eye females lip shows how „Cobraand makes them interested Starship‟ are an edgy group withto see what Cobra Starship a unique about.The main focus of thewriting on this album is theArtists name not the album The piercings, multi-colouredtitle as it is the artist who nails & gold jewellery classifiedhas bright bold writing and as “Bling” give the audience anwants to be known for the indication as to what genre theindividualistic style album is going to be. It allowsportrayed through the text the audience to understand theon the album cover. It genre of the music immediatelycatches the eye of the and as it is quite unique it isaudience before the easily noticed and very vibrant.background and the rest ofthe cover and effectivelyportrays a specific genre ofmusic.
  10. 10. Example Examples album „Won‟t Go Quietly‟ stands out to the audience because the use of photographs as the backgroundThe use of monochrome because this isn‟t normally seenwriting makes the artist and attracts the audienceand album titles stand out because people‟s naturalfrom the rest of the album instinct when seeing awhich has a pink scale to photograph is to instantly look atit. The writing is typically it whether or not they know thebold and stands out being people in it. This is an effectivewhite on the black way of getting the audiencesbackground. attention and proves successfulThe artist‟s name is with Examples cover as it isbigger than the album title very eye-catching and thisin order to attract the interests the audience intoaudiences attention to the looking more closely at it andname of the artist then purchase it.because he wishes to bewell known amongst theaudience.The album title „Won‟t go Most of the pictures on thequietly‟ gives the album are of the artist withconnotation of the album other people possibly at abeing very loud and party. This allows theenergetic which reflects audience to see that thethe type of music album is going to be very„Example‟ creates. lively and energetic and it shows the artist is a fun-loving person