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

8. The Killers, Battle Born - A horse and a really cool vintage muscle car play chicken in the Southwestern desert! Who will win? Metaphorically, we're not sure. But literally, we're pretty certain the horse will lose. As did anyone who placed their commercial bets on the Killers in 2012.

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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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