You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The same, no doubt, holds true that you shouldn’t judge an album for its cover, but there’s nothing wrong with judging a cover as a cover. A good album cover might relate to its lyrical content, but more often than not, it’s the glitzy bit of packaging that draws us in, and in that regard, is a deserving art form in its own right. It’s that physical keepsake from a live show, a canvas for the band’s autographs, and the liner notes flipped through on the first, or umpteenth, listening. It’s an integral part of the whole musical experience. Here are what we think are some of the best that the East Coast has to offer. Long live the album cover.
#26 | Snailhouse – Sentimental Gentleman
Okay, we lied. Snailhouse’s Michael Feuerstack is based in Montreal, but the artist behind Sentimental Gentleman is Sackville artist Jon Claytor. Just because we love it so much, we’ll let this one slide in as an honourable mention.
#25 | Little You Little Me – What Have You Been Doin’ With Yer Time?
Saint John locals Little You Little Me have been getting lots of attention lately, and no wonder with an album cover like that. Creepy, but in a good way.
#24 | Buck 65 – Neverlove
(Anti)love songs from East Coast rapper Buck 65 (Richard Terfry) feels like finding Leprechauns in India. We’ll take it.
#23 | The Stanfields – Death & Taxes
#22 | In Flight Safety – The Coast Is Clear
Maps and boats. Enough said.
#21 | Kuato – The Great Upheaval
#20 | Ermine – The Murra
Saint John based Ermine. We could direct you to their Myspace page, but nobody needs that.
#19 | Slowcoaster – The Girls Downtown
Slowcoaster isn’t even a guilty pleasure. They provide a lot of our go-to summer jams, and we’ll happily fly that flag. Throw it on a cassette and it appeals to our inner hipster (which we do feel guilty for).
#18 | The Trews – No Time For Later
We love The Trews, but this album art is definitely a guilty pleasure.
#17 | Matt Andersen – Weightless
Matt Andersen, that soulful blues powerhouse, may be a little misleading in the simplicity of this album art, but we like it.
#16 | Rick White – Memoreaper
I’ll be honest, we have no idea what a Memoreaper is, but who doesn’t enjoy a good tea party in the middle of the forest?