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

9. Ministry, Relapse - It's hard to go completely wrong with vomit on an album cover, yet Ministry had to go ahead and gild the lily with a corpulent corpse on the cover of their latest. But with the spilled pill bottles and empty bottles that surround the deceased addict in this cover art, we're sure Ministry meant to send the kids a powerful message… which would be, "don't buy this album."

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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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