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  1. 1. Tariq EspritAlbum Cover and AlbumAdvertisement Analysis
  2. 2. Typical Conventions of aMain image, this canBe an image of the artist(s) CD coverOr an abstract image Name of the album or single Background, can be blank, Patterned or have another abstract Image. This background overlaps over The main image but still maintains the Background personaName of the artist, the typography may or mayNot suit the name of the artist (the fontActually looking like a piece of text from aScropt)
  3. 3. Demon days is the Gorillaz’s second studio album produced by the label “Parlophone”. The album title “Demon Days” connotes a very sinister style of music, a contradiction to the actual style of music on the album. The title demon days suggests an aggressive tone as the word demon can often be associated with the devil, however the music on the album is calm and collected. The main image is split into 4 sections, suggesting that there is no “main artist” but all of them are equally as important to the group. The images also look like mug shots; again signifying the sinister look to the album while also completely contradicting the style of music. The characters’ faces in the main image also have a sense of anger but at the same time a calm feeling about them, suggesting the content is serious but at the same calm and reasonable. The genre of the music is “Alternative Hip Hop” which suits the album cover as it strays away from typical Hip Hop conventions. The colours used in particular are quite dull and lack vibrancy as opposed to a generic hip hop album that would flaunt its bright colours to capture its audience.Artist: Gorillaz Demon Days’ colours suggest that an album coverAlbum: Demon Days doesn’t need to be flaunted to gain attraction, peopleRelease date: May, 2005 should already know about your music prior to buying it; this is the message the album covers’ colours are trying to convey. (Such as being a band as opposed to a single artist) Since this is a Hip Hop album, its target audience would typically be young males aged from around 14-25 and around the working class/lower class borough.
  4. 4. Good Girl Gone Bad is Rihanna’s third studio album which was released in May 2007. The background of the cover is plain black with a white low key spot light coming from the bottom left hand corner. The background is simplistic which can be seen to portray a sense of class and elegance. The long shot of Rihanna brings out her womanly assets thus attracting the male gaze. The low key lighting also pinpoints Rihanna’s legs (the brightest part of her body on the album cover). Rihanna is posed almost as an ‘S’ shape in that her head starts at the top right, this can be linked to the “lust Factor” of the album cover. The way in which she is posed is alluring and sexual as her long legs and admirable physique are emphasized. The low key lighting also brings out Rihanna’s costume; leotard suggesting that the music in the album are going to be Ballad based. The title of the album ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ suggests that the music in the album Is going to be powerful ballad based music about life, Tragedy and love, Which is what the audience would be expecting from the artist. Rihanna’s name is written in Arial font across the album cover in a large almost italic looking font; its turquoise whilst the rest of the album cover is in black, white and grey which makes it stand out Even though the spotlight is on Rihanna herself its perhaps suggesting that The way others brand her isn’t as important as who really she is (she’s still Rihanna even after problems with the media etc.)Artist: Rihanna This puts a large amount of emphasis into who Rihanna is asAlbum: Good Girl Gone Bad her name stands out amongst the rest of the album cover.Release Date: May 2007 Whilst Rihanna’s clothing denotes a ballad theme, her makeup is styled in an R&B associated fashion, which could suggest that the music in the album is a fusion of R&B and Ballads. This albums target audience would be 14-25 year old females (despite the constant flux of male gaze attractions) that would Range from middle class to lower class (the sense of elegance May appeal to middle class females; as for the lower class, they may Feel empowered by her music)
  5. 5. The name of the band as seen in the album cover above is Rage Against The Machine (RATM). The album shares a similar name to the band and is their debut effort. The record was released on November 10th 1992, being distributed by the record label Epic. The album was received highly positively from critics and fans alike and has been certified Platinum in countries all around the world including the United States and United Kingdom. The typography of this cover is simple, displaying the band (and therefore the album’s name) in lower case letters across the bottom of the cover. The black backgrounds on which the words are written seem to be uneven, with the black background for the word “against” being slightly out of line with the other three background labels. The album shares its title with the band name, and as implied in said title, the band’s music is very politically charged, as well as being generally having a very hard and loud musical style, and indeed the genre of the band is rap- metal, although they have also been described as alternative metal. The name “Machine” has several connotations in the context of the band, all of them similar. The “machine” could be an attack on the state or government, often seen as operating as a machine, without empathy, thought etc. It could also be an attack at society for being robotic so to speak in following the government/state. Finally the word could also be a criticism of capitalism. All of these aspects work together to heighten and get across to a prospective listener the type of music that RATM make. However the biggest indication for the genre of music of a band typically comes from the picture or artwork emblazoned on the front of the record, and this too is the case for RATM. The cover shows the world famous picture of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist Vietnamese monk burning himself to death in protest of the authoritarian regime inArtist: Rise Against the his homeland, at the time South Vietnam. This perfectly illustrates themachines genre of music and the political content typical for RATM, especially inAlbum: Rage against the terms of their criticism of the American political system, as hinted through the album cover, as the oppressive South Vietnamese regime at the timemachines was backed by the US. This was probably chosen not just for how historicRelease date: November and well known the picture is but as mentioned, for its political1992 connotations as well as the fact that it relates to the band’s grievances in a very dramatic manner. The specific picture used is an extreme close up of which as he burnt to death to convey to the audience the horror and reality of this event. Overall, all of these aspects come together well to convey to the reader the politically charged rap metal music of RATM, and is clearly designed to appeal to those interested in metal music, but more specifically, those who hold similar political beliefs and are interested in political music as a
  6. 6. #3, The scripts’ 3rd studio album produced by Phonogenic records. The albums title, #3 has two possible meanings. Firstly, it could be signifying that it is their 3rd album therefore naming it #3 or it could be considered that because there are 3 of them in the band they decided to name the album #3 (Although the first point is more likely due to the “#” in front of the 3) The Typography of the artists’ name can be considered to have a direct correlation to the artists name “The script” as the font seems to be a type that you would typically find in an old script. The main image is an interesting one. The artists are interlinked with each other. However it is quite clear that the artist on the left is the lead singer because his head is the largest and the other two seem to be manifesting from him not with him. The background is clear to put all the emphasis on the band. The genre of music could either be Pop Rock or Soft Rock, depending on the consumers classifications. This is why the album cover has a mixture of tones about it; on one side, it can be seen as a rock album because of the typography and the style it represents. However it can also be viewed as a Pop album because itArtist: The Script has the band on the front cover (Rock albums usually haveAlbum: #3 abstract images on the front cover). This albums audienceRelease date: would be those interested in the Pop/Rock genre, perhapsSeptember, 2012 14-25 male and female working class/lower class. This is because Pop isn’t such a restricted genre as opposed to Rock itself therefore this album should appeal to both genders.
  7. 7. Rise Against The Machines is an unusual rock band known for their heavy interest in Politics. (These views can be found in the albums music, such as the track “Prayer of the refugee” which questions the U.S.A’s immigration laws indirectly) The artists’ name is in a bold, paint splattered style. The title of the album is also done in this style; however the extent is not as extreme. This style can suggest that the artist is going against the convention of having a clear name and title on the album. It can also connote the state of the U.S. at the time (2006, the time of George W. Bush, potentially one of America’s worst Presidents) Since Rise Against have high political interests, this typography could be a symbol of the state of the U.S. at the time. The state of the U.S. was dire, The sufferer and the witness can be a referral to the Republican party’s leader and President George Bush who was seen to watch people suffer and not do anything about it, making him the witness (Republicans generally believe in rugged individualism). The main image is pretty abstract which upholds the typicality of a Rock album cover. It appears to have a smudged/paint splatter style to perhaps signify confusion within the nation (back to their heavy interests in politics) The background is fragmented; small paintArtist: Rise Against the dots are scattered around the main image creating a sense ofmachines roughness to the image. The genre can be inferred from many ofAlbum: The Sufferer and The the elements on the front cover. The abstract image suggests thatWitness. it is a rock album; the title can also be used as it uses a distinctiveRelease date: July, 2006 phrase “the sufferer and the witness” Suffer is normally associated with pain, which is a main theme in a lot of rock/metal music. Finally the name of the artist “Rise Against” seems to have an aggressive and rebellious theme to it, which again exemplifies what Rock is based off. The target audience for this album would be young, perhaps rebellious males aged around 14-19 and are probably working/lower class.
  8. 8. The band featured in the album that I have chosen for analysis are Linkin Park, and the album entitled Hybrid Theory. Hybrid Theory is Linkin Park’s first album released on October 24, 2000, and became wildly popular with its mixture of rap and metal, which would become the band’s trademark. The record was released on the Warner Bros. label, and to date has sold over 24 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the United States alone. The title of the band is written in large, bold block letters to signify the hard-core nature of the band’s music, and the album name is written in smaller, yet still bold letter and encapsulated in square brackets. The album’s title is, while unknown to many at the time, the original band name of Linkin Park, until they decided to change it, however the title Hybrid Theory has more connotations than just that, as it also represents the band’s fusion of the rap and metal genre’s, as well as the mix of hard and soft musical elements that the band demonstrate on the album. This view is reinforced by the main image on the album cover, depicting a soldier with white dragonfly wings, highlighting his grace and strength at the same time, and this too represents the fusion of hard and soft musical elements prevalent in the album as well as for the band’s music in general. Additionally, the album, while admittedly hard to see, also displays scrambled lyrics from songs off the album. From all of these hints scattered throughout the artwork it is clear that the album’s genre is rock orientated, and the connotations most likely point towards a metal album. The artwork and cover in general is clearly designed to appeal to those interested in the rock and metal genre’s, as well as younger audiences, typically ranging from the ages 14-24, due to its hard-core look and connotations as a result of this. I personally think that theArtist: Linkin Park album cover is extremely impressive and effectively conveys theAlbum: Hybrid Theory message of the band and their music through the imagery of theRelease date: October, 2000 winged soldier as well as the title, Hybrid Theory, effectively describing their music as a hybrid of melodic soft music and heavy metal and rock music, and the artwork is certainly intriguing, as is the album name, and I would be inclined to purchase the CD if I were to have no prior knowledge about it.
  9. 9. Magazine Adverts
  10. 10. Conventions of a Magazine Album AdvertTypography - artists name, album title, album Main image (usuallycontent/guest appearance(other artists) An image of the artist)Background (Abstract,Plain or patterned)Title Institutional info Promo info
  11. 11. This is a print advert in a magazine for Wretch 32’s album“Wretchrospective” released on 6th of October 2008(which means that the advert was printed some timebefore this or close to its release) The typography in thisadvert adheres to the general stereo typical view towardsthe “Grime” or “UKRAP” genre. The title (also the name ofthe new album) is spread out across the middle of thepage, making it difficult to keep your eyes off it. The textunderneath is almost in a “rave” advertisement stylewhich is a viable approach to promotion as a lot ofgrime/UK rap artists go to raves to promote their music.This style may be familiar to that audiencetherefore, attracting them to read on and possibly buy thealbum on release. The main image mixes its style; keepingsome Ukrap elements while slightly straying into thepopular music category. Its sticks to its urban style byhaving the artist as the centrepiece and the clothing beingthat of a working class or lower class man. Also, thebuildings to the left of the artist suggests that the music isurban and the paint dripping from it also signifies thisbecause it can be linked to graffiti (a lot of UK artists usethis to get their names recognised) However, while a lotof urban UK artists’ album adverts have serious toneswith the artist generally looking angry while thisadvertisement is bright and has a cheerful aroma. Thischeerful sense can be exemplified through the blueshaded rainbow behind the artist or the bright sky abovehim, signifying happiness which is what popular musictends to do. The target audience for this albumadvertisement would be lower class male youths agedaround 12-19 from underprivileged areas (whereunderground music is dominant)
  12. 12. • This magazine advertisement is for Rihanna’s album ‘Rated R’ her 4th studio album. This album advertisement is very secretive. The title that immediatley stands out is “Rihanna, The New Album” and not the actual name of the album and because the album name is so small and out of place, you almost have to search for it, thus enhancing the “secret” factor of the album advert. The main image is colourless/saturated and she is holding her right eye. This secrecy may confuse the audience and make them question why she is doing this (which is actually linked to her personal life, however this may make the audience go out and find it out for themselves) Another feature in the background is the “R” to the right of the main image. This can mean either “Rihanna” or “Rated R” (the name of the album) which again confuses the audience as it is unclear. The audience may feel intrigued through all this mystery and buy the album to find out how much Rihanna has changed/stayed idle with her style. The style of this album advert strays towards the Punk/Rock style and therefore may attract a new fan base. This album adverts’ target audience would be young females interested in R&B, Pop,Rock or Punk and would generally be between the ages of 13-25.
  13. 13. This is a print for an album advertisement for the artistPlan B’s second album, “THE DEFAMATION OFSTRICKLAND BANKS” This advertisement would’ve likelybeen printed after the release of the album due to theratings on the left side and the phrase “The multi-platinum Album of the year” The message of thetypography is clear in this album advert. The artists’name “Plan B” and the quote “The multi-Platinumalbum of the year” are highlighted in red and bold. Thismakes the two most important pieces of theadvertisement stand out and easily draws theconsumers attention. Also, the ratings under the quotegives the audience a good idea of where the albumstands; consistent ratings of 4 stars can sway thepotential consumer to go out and buy the album asopposed to them not being there. The main image is theactual artist which adheres to typical Pop/Hip Hopconventions. However the saturation level and theclothing of the artist insists a sense of elegance andclass, that expected of a Soul/Jazz artist. This couldattract a massive audience as these genres are largelymainstream and the ratings suggest that the artist isable to combine these styles cohesively and effectively.The target audience that this album advert is attemptingto appeal to would be young males for the alternativeHip Hop aspect and young females for the Pop/Jazzfeature. Particularly working class/lower class however itcould spring up to middle class teens in some cases dueto its elegance.