In the music world, even in this digital era that we find ourselves in, we can’t ignore the visual element. Music videos still entrance us, the clothes a band wears help us identify a culture we want to be a part of, and album art¦Oh, album art. Back in the days of vinyl, when packaging could add value to a recording and we were all nerds for liner notes, covers were a true form of art.
That’s not to say that album art still isn’t important. Who hasn’t bought a record based simply on the album art? Still, album art can be red flag and a red herring”telling component and just some throwaway to wrap the music in. Limp Bizkit seems to think that album art is important, at least in helping them to construct their visually compelling, edgy brand.
Wes Borland, guitarist for Limp Bizkit, recently commented on the eye catching style of the album art for the group’s most recent release, Gold Cobra. Harkening back to classic horror movie posterage and Frazetta-style art, Borland said that, “I put it through my retard filter and it came out like it did on the album.”
Can’t disagree with you there, Borland. Though we can’t expect much better from Bizkit, given their track record of absolutely horrendous cover art. So kudos to them for earnestly embracing their aesthetic and not pretending that it’s something that’s it not. Plus it gives the listener a good idea of what to expect from Durst and company.
Bizkit isn’t the only outfit that features album art that is underwhelming, though few can touch their consistency. And it’s not confined to the world of rap-rock either! In fact, bad album art has a long, illustrious history in the annals of rock music. Now, we’re not going to pick on the little guys who don’t have a big budget for their packaging. No, we’re gunning for the big dogs. Like Poison.