In reverse order, this handful of releases looked cool and the music matched the cover art.
5. Calexico - Carried to Dust
Not only did the uncomplicated illustration style reflect a return to the simple desert themes that are Calexico's stock and trade, this cover oozes retro cool.
4. Deer Tick - War Elephant
Come on, chicks in bikinis holding machine guns? You just can't get better than that.
3. Girl Talk - Feed the Animals
"GT" could also stand for gifted and talented.
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2. Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
Sure, the music has passed its expiration date, but the cover is cool as hell. Simple, random and direct, this is how all cover art should be.
1. Sigur Ros -- Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
Great art always asks more questions than it answers. Skinny, naked people running across a road always make a statement. The English translation is: With Buzzing in Our Ears We Play Endlessly, and that makes it even better. --Darryl Smyers