2012 in Review: Prelude – Best Album Art

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[2012 in Review Series]

0. Prelude – Best Album Art
1. Introduction
2. Best R&B/Soul
3. Best Rock/Alternative
4. Best Rap/Hip-hop
5. Best Dance/Electronica
6. Best Pop/Ballad
7. Best Crossover/Miscellaneous
8. Best Original Soundtrack
9. Best Collaborative Work
10. Label of the Year
11. Rookie of the Year
12. Song of the Year
13. Artist of the Year
14. Album of the Year
15. Concluding Remarks

Welcome to the 2012 edition of our Year in Review series! Well… almost. This year’s 15-part series won’t actually kick off until December 17, when I will start discussing the very best that Korean music had to offer this year. But as a kind of prelude for the main series, I collected what I deemed to be the 100 best album covers released in Korea this year.

First, a disclaimer: I have very little expertise in the fine arts, so my process for evaluating and selecting these covers was nothing like what I do with music. These are not picked based on any definable criteria; some of the covers below are evocative, while others are funny, and still others are grotesque, pretty, poignant, silly, or just plain weird. It’s an eclectic mix that reflects the diversity and creativity of the industry as a whole.

Here are some miscellaneous notes about this year’s picks.

1. The list is organized in alphabetical order of artist name. (Korean names are romanized.)
2. Mouse over or click on each photo to see the artist name and album title.
3. Just like in the main series, the time period considered is December 1, 2011 through November 30, 2012. So albums released after December 1 of this year are not included.
4. There are only thirteen albums out of the 100 that I would consider “mainstream” – meaning that the list is predominantly “indie” and “underground”. There are an additional 20 or so that are from relatively well-known non-mainstream artists.
5. The precise number could change, but as of right now, up to 62 of the entries below are set to be represented in some way (whether through the album, a song in the album, or the artist) in the main Year in Review series. So this is a (very) partial sneak peek into the best of 2012!
6. In case you were curious, my initial roundup of covers for this list ended up being 197 albums long. And even that list excluded a lot of great album art. The point is, I have omitted (or missed) a lot of awesome covers from this year. If you have great picks of your own, please share them in the comments!

And now, without further ado… I present to you the best Korean album covers of 2012.

Source: Photos – Bugs Music

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  1. SooyeonCanastillo

    April 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I sent my picture and video, lol xD ♥ hope you guys receive it, thanks!

  2. Narikotnk

    April 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    This is such a meaningful event!

  3. Zirracus

    April 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    still on going right?

  4. Mahzabin Sarker

    April 10, 2011 at 3:23 am

    is it still possible to send in a pic?
    i was busy with exams and stuff
    and i am free now for a couple of days before i go back to exam prep

  5. SooyeonCanastillo

    April 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I would if i could T_T but I have no camera, this would hopefully enlighten the pain Japan is going through at the moment >.<"

    oh well, let's just pray for Japan! ♥

  6. What is SPM?

    April 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I would wanna join this project!!

  7. Cheese

    March 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Read. The. Article. It’s. About. Spreading. Awareness. To. Encourage. People. TO DONATE. This project is about getting people to donate. It’s called pray for japan because the name most things have been named. Read before you criticize….

  8. Yuu

    March 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

    Prayer is useful too. Let’s say someone is trapped or in hospital, prayer can help save their life, even more than money can do.

  9. redbully

    March 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    why thank you.

  10. redbully

    March 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Everyone who has a phone can text a donation and I’m not complaining. I just disagree with the message of “Praying.” Of all the recent disasters, donations to Japan has been the lowest. So Donate!

  11. Dylan Kim

    March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    your username says it all.

  12. Cheese

    March 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    If you bothered to read. It’s about spreading awareness to encourage more to donate….

  13. JoAnn Courtney

    March 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Prayers can spread the word, which possibly gets more people to donate money 😀 And if anything, it’s nice to show support ^^

  14. Cheese

    March 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    How about not everyone can donate money………should you REALLY be complaining…..

  15. redbully

    March 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    prayers are worthless….donate money.

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