The Year in Controversial Album Covers [NSFW]

It’s not a year in music without at least one good bout of hand-wringing over someone’s controversial album cover, and 2012 has been no exception. The album cover is something of a dying art form these days, although the return of vinyl in recent years has revived it somewhat — but still, in an age when we get more and more of our art in a digital form, it gets harder and harder to attract people’s attention. If nothing else, the covers in this feature most certainly do the attracting-people’s-attention bit just fine — whether they’re actually any good or not is a judgement we’ll leave up to you. (Warning — one of the images that awaits you below is pretty spectacularly NSFW, and if you’ve been following the ongoing shitfight between Death Grips and their former label Epic, you can probably guess what it is.)

Bat For Lashes — The Haunted Man

We really do wish we’d actually done this as a Halloween costume, although the rest of the party we attended probably agrees it’s a good idea we didn’t. In any case, Natasha Khan was justifiably confused at the controversy this cover caused — as she told Spinner in October, “It says something about our day and how we view women as sexual objects. I think I chose a specifically unsexy pose… I think it freaks people out because I’ve got no makeup on, there’s no retouching.” Indeed. Sigh.