Album artwork appreciation.

Even though the sound of the album is a primary factor, here at Crowdsurf, we feel like some album art work is under appreciated. So saying that, we wanted to collate several of our favourites together for you all to look at on this very cold Monday!

A Day to Remember – Homesick

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Up first is the art work for an album that is loved by many. A Day To Remember’s Homesick is one of those albums that stands out a mile in the sub-genre, and if you ask me, the art work also lives up to this very high standard. Mike Cortada, the genius behind this creation, has a very strong reputation within the Rock music scene due to his high standard of work.

The Story so Far – What You Don’t See

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The Story So Far are pretty consistent when it comes to the art work for their albums, and What You Don’t See is the one that stood out the most in terms of the colours, textures, and straight up Surrealism. I can’t find the artist who created this masterpiece, however if you do know who it is let us know in the comments, because their work NEEDS to be seen by many.

Blink 182 – Neighborhoods

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Mike Giant, the artist for this piece, really did pull it out the bag with this piece for Blink 182’s album ‘Neighborhoods’. The art work definitely reflects the themes of rebellion, anger and the craziness of teenage life very well, and it works hand in hand with the tracks that are featured on the album.

Architects – Lost Forever / Lost Together

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Now for a more fine art based piece. Antony Graystone was pumped when Architects asked him to come up with the art work for their album ‘Lost Forever / Lost Together’, and it is a definitely a powerful and memorable piece. The attention to detail is impeccable, and this is why we featured it on this post.

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

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An older entry now, but arguably, one of the most iconic pieces of music art ever to be created. Many people who know of this art work, are unfamiliar with the sound Joy Division brought, and this is just a classic example of how a piece of art can have such an impact on the people who see it. I know for me, my sister started listening to JD because she had seen the art work, and wanted to see what was behind the face of the album. The creator, Peter Saville, hadn’t heard the album prior to the creation of the art work, he was simply shown some examples of work the band’s manager liked, and this is what he came up with. He also didn’t put the title on the actual cover, as the band didn’t want to be over-blown with stardom. The final piece is very ominous, but also captivating at the same time. Little did Peter know, it would still be recognised, used and very so relevant nearly 40 years later.

The Wonder Years – The Upsides

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The art work up next, features an iconic mascot from the Pop Punk scene; Hank the Pigeon. Fans of The Wonder Years will know that they have almost ‘grew up’ a lot since this album, but we still have The Upsides to go back to, and can treasure that young adult angst, and the banging group chants. Also included are some of the pieces that are featured in the album booklet, and you can see Hank is in some pretty shitty situations, but he appears to be seeing the better side of the situations that he is in; he has nothing to be stolen, and he still has the telly even though his girl is leaving him. This links well with the album title ‘The Upsides’, as Hank is literally showing us he is focusing on the positive rather than the negative.

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If you have any other pieces of music art you think should be given the spot light, let us know in the comments!

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