Timbale Posted October 11, 2022 Share Posted October 11, 2022 Hey - thought it might be fun to pick 5 sleeve designs that you like and 5 that you don't! Here are mine. Top 5 Signals - A very simple, strong, striking image. Love the hand drawn "font" of the name. The spacing on it, the framing around the photo...it's just a perfect piece of design. It's, like, Pink Floyd level good (and for me, the only one that reaches that height.) Exit...Stage Left - I feel like the idea is just really really clever, and it's pulled off very well. I also really like the typeface design for the band's name. Presto - I'm not sure why, but for some reason the black and white image, the shape of the hill...I don't know, it just works well for me, despite not REALLY knowing why that's the image for the record. I only ever owned Presto on CD, so maybe I would feel different holding the lp in my hand...but that image with the red RUSH (and another good font) is striking in a positive way to me. Grace Under Pressure - The cover of p/g really captures the feel of the album to me, which makes it a success. It's actually kinda busy and maybe not in a good way...but it really says something metaphorically about the contents of the songs themselves, that cold, brooding and pessimistic 80s thing. I also am always a fan of artwork breaking the rules of a form it set up (like the burn mark at the edge of the "frame" on Wish You Were Here), and the false framing becoming the water drips is a cool touch. Rush - I actually find it hard to pick a fifth that I really like...but the debut is very immediate and striking... and you can't deny that "Rush" script is pretty perfect, as their long term use of it has shown. It is not in my top 5 records by them...but I think the cover is very simple and strong. Bottom 5 Rush In Rio - f**k off with that garbage. What am I, an 8-year old?! God awful. Snakes & Arrows - busy in a bad way. All of a sudden, we're going literal, with snakes and arrows on the cover? It's ugly and really forgettable. Test For Echo - it is a simple and clear image..but I just loathe that kind of digital art. The lean into realism makes it look more fake to me. It's like seeing a movie with CGI from the late 90s. A Show Of Hands - Ugh. The colour palette is SO of its time, of course...and I just don't know why these are the image representations of the band. I just find it childish and ugly. The typeface is terrible, too. (I always thought it would have been funny - like maybe, not as the cover but as an inner sleeve design - to use the ESL art, but do a Monty Python - Gilliam-style thing where the other characters from the next 4 albums had been cut out and sort of badly added to the original image...) Clockwork Angels - again, it's a little too literal for me..although, I don't hate the idea of a clock being incorporated. But I do find it to be ugly...I guess it's the digital thing...and that red is off-putting to me. Maybe if it had been a photo of an actual clock with the indices digitally altered to be sort of melting into the steampunk icons, I don't know. The thing is it's NOT an image of a clock...it's a digitally created set of hands/indices superimposed over clouds. So it's representational...but not (to me) very artful. I wish someone had told Syme to either get Dimo Safari on the blower and tell him to bring his camera over...or get your damn paint brushes out and make something that actually reflects steampunk aesthetics better. So those are mine...the rest of the record covers fall in the middle for me. Most of them are "fine". I was going to put Moving Pictures in the top 5...but I think it's just too much of a Rush icon for me to be objective about. I'm not sure if it's great...or just the cover of a really great record. A few others, Permanent Waves and Power Windows are similar for me, I like them a lot, but I don't know if that makes them "good". Top 5 Bottom 5 - go! 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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