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

10. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away - Carrie's Leg refused to be upstaged by Angelina's Leg in 2012. The singular gam peeked out at a series of awards-show performances but made its most prominent uni-thigh appearance on the cover of Blown Away, which featured much of the rest of Underwood in a melodramatic, airbrushed setting that suggested an imminent rescue from the storm by Fabio.

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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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