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

2. Game, Jesus Piece (Deluxe Edition) - Combine Christ with cannabis and gang symbols, and what could possibly go wrong? Predictably, Fox News and other conservative outlets took the bait, but Game partly relented anyway, putting the original cover art only on the deluxe version, where you got more alleged blasphemy for the money.

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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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