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Great Albums With Embarrassingly Bad Cover Art [NSFW]

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito is officially on the shelves, and our first impressions of the record haven’t changed much: we rather like it. The cover art, though… well, that’s an entirely different matter. We’re sure there’s some reasoning behind adorning the sleeve with a lurid pink giant mosquito sinking its proboscis into the ass of a baby (a baby with green lipstick on, we hasten to add), but until we know what it is, the album is going straight to the top of our list of great albums saddled by awful cover art. Here are some of the others!

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The Knife — Shaking the Habitual

Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson told Dazed Digital recently about illustrator Liv Strömquist’s, um, eye-catching cover art to Shaking the Habitual: “It came out of the idea, ‘How do we use the area of the record cover in the best political way?’ It’s about bringing focus to extreme wealth rather than poverty being the problem of the world.” That’s as it may be, but it still makes our eyes hurt.

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