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

3. Blood On The Dance Floor, Evolution - One small step for EDM, one small step backward for EDM, at least imagery-wise. Listen, Blood On The Dance Floor, there's a reason that Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns had all that plastic surgery, and it's so he wouldn't look remotely like this anymore.

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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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