2012 Year in Review: The Worst Album Covers Of The Year

1. Two Door Cinema Club, Beacon - This looks like an attempt to pull off the kind of photorealistic but surreal imagery the Hipgnosis designers specialized in with Pink Floyd covers. Or maybe in Ireland they just use artificial bums as ceiling fans.

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Album art is shrinking, from the LPs we once fondled to the tiny digital covers we now squint to comprehend. But they'll never be too small to bring out the worst in musicians and their art directors, as cover art always has. Nothing in 2012 could quite compare with the horror that was Lady Gaga's Born This Way album artwork in '11. But a lot of artists made their best/worst attempts to uglify their covers, from Ke$ha to Carrie Underwood to the Killers. Here are a dozen of the year's weirdest or most wretched album sleeves. -- Chris Willman

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