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

7. David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love This Giant - There is an argument for taking the boomerang-shaped jawbreaker out of your mouth before the photographer says cheese. Or, she could have at least offered one to Byrne to make the photo symmetrical… although the giant cleft in the Talking Head's chin does almost provide a sense of freakish balance.

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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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