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

11. Ke$ha, Warrior - No one will accuse Ke$ha of blowing her budget on album art, as we're pretty sure the version of Photoshop that was used to put this garish montage together isn't even compatible with Windows 8. Extra points for an artist logo that even the producers of Rock Of Ages might have rejected as too garish to be believable for a hair-metal band.

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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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