These retro redesigns of modern album covers are 10x better than the originals

Posted by
Dave Fawbert

There’s a trend in music at the moment for deliberately bad design in album covers. It’s fine, we get it, art goes one way, then reacts against it, so the anti-designed record sleeve was always going to happen.

But really, is there any excuse for this?

Yes, this is the real, actual cover for Kasabian's 'For Crying Out Loud'

Honestly, why bother following a trend when you could – y’know – just make it look really, really good instead? How about having an album cover that, in 20 or 30 years’ time, people will look at and go: “yeah, that’s really, really beautiful”.

Much like these glorious alternative album covers, which have been designed by art director and graphic designer Patso Dimitrov. He’s posted a series of covers for recent hip-hop albums by the likes of Drake and Kendrick Lamar which imagines them set in a different time, and they are all utterly fantastic.

Can we get back to this stuff ASAP please? Thanks everyone.

Kanye West - 'The Life of Pablo'

Chance the Rapper - 'Coloring Book'

Beyonce - 'Lemonade'

Kendrick Lamar - 'Damn.'

Danny Brown - 'Atrocity Exhibition'

Drake - 'Views'

J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only

Rihanna - 'Anti'

Schoolboy Q - 'Blank Face LP'

Travis Scott - 'Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight'

(Images: Patso Dimitrov)