They Might Be Giants Album Cover Ratings

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - 1986

Cover art: Rodney Alan Greenblat

Composition: 8/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 7/10

Giantness: 10/10

Here's the full piece used for the cover. There's a lot of things going on here. It's that kind of piece where everytime you look back at it, you see something new. The art is very cool. This cover is actually pretty sexy. I like looking at it. There's a lot to read and there's a nice parade going on. It's nice and colorful. Looks very whimsical. It's such a nice style and it really fits my aesthetic. I just don't see anything wrong with this cover. I love Linnell's unibrow, but I am quite biased when it comes to unibrows since I have one myself. Linnell, bring back your unibrow! I would like to know what medium this is. The sky looks like watercolor. The lines seem to be colored pencil or could be crayons. I'm not so sure what he colored with, though. The back of the CD version is very pink! It's very basic, there isn't much to say about the back. There seems to be a problem with having a long track listing where you can't put much on the back. I'm just comparing it to albums by other bands with long track listings.

Favorite song: Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes


LINCOLN - 1988

Artwork (cover art): Brian Dewan

Photography (cover): Carol Kitman

Composition: 10/10

Color: 9/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 6/10

I don't like the versions of the cover that have text on them so we're going to talk about this one. I would be afraid to stand on that. I'm sure I'll be fine, but I am very afraid of those sticks underneath it. I don't trust them at all. Why are there windows? Can I go inside it? Would I fit? Are there things inside of it? What does it look like on the inside? Does this still exist? Was it taken apart? Did they ever think to crush it like Godzilla ravaging a city? That's what I would do if I had to get rid of it. I would invite some friends to crush it with me. I think I'm too into crushing things. It's a nice cover. The back is very red. It's red, black, and white. Those are emo colors, but also goth colors, and maybe punk colors, too. Many subcultures would claim this color scheme as their own. That's a very good quick sketch of an accordion. I like how Linnell just went for it. Usually I would draw the basic shape and then I would draw over that. Sometimes I don't do that, but that drawing didn't need to be very detailed anyways. The black text over it bothers me. I've said this before on album cover reviews for other bands, but having the text go over multiple colors like that is not a good idea. They could have positioned the artwork more towards the left so the text doesn't go over it.

Favorite song: You'll Miss Me


FLOOD - 1990

Cover photo: Margaret Bourke-White

Design Consultant: Helene Silverman

Art Assistance: Barbara Lipp

Composition: 7/10

Color: 8/10

Readability: 10/10

Giantness: 8/10

The cover sure fits the album title. The text looks weird on that picture to me since it's much better quality than the the photograph itself. I keep looking at that instead of the photograph. I think Flans was right when he said he just wanted the photograph as the cover and nothing else. Who cares if the album title isn't on it? As long the picture looks cool, I'm sure people will buy it. Or they might not buy it. Oh well, it's a good mystery when you don't know the title of the album kinda like The Magic Whip although there might be stickers on the plastic wrapping stating the name of the album. I do like placing artwork over photographs, but this one just doesn't look right to me. I think it looks worse when you have the whole picture and the little emblem in the corner. I do like the positioning of the photograph. I like where they cropped it. It's quite green. Okay, let's go to the back. It's very yellow. They're continuing their theme of brightly colored back covers for their CDs. I see boats and buildings and there's a lot of water. Do you think the blue used for the text is the same shade of blue used for the emblem on the front? I see why the blue and yellow are used on the back now. I think the positioning of the track listing is fine on this one.

Favorite song: Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love


APOLLO 18 - 1992

Artwork (art assistance): Barbara Lipp, Beth Passaro, Bo Orloff, Kurt Hoffman, Marjorie Galen, Vivian Walsh

Artwork (respirator with aspirin sculpture): Fred Tomaselli

Design: Rolf Conant

Photography (microphone): J. Otto Seibold

Photography (running man and rubber gloves): Ralph Morse

Photography (space capsule): Don Uhrbock

Composition: 10/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 10/10

Giantness: 10/10

Now this is some good shit. A giant whale and a giant squid in space? That's just how life works, baby! It has a nice black background with white text upon it. I can read it very well!!! That whale has some pretty sharp teeth. The whale could possibly bite that tentacle off of that squid. Whales don't have sharp teeth, right? Or do they? I don't think they do. Imagine a whale with shark teeth! That would be really cool. Anyways, I think this album cover is absolutely perfect. It's such an interesting cover and it's very simple. There's a lot of negative space, but it makes sense since I assume the squid, whale, and satellite (rover?) are all in space. Space is just a black abyss. I'm so interested on why "MIGHT BE" is a lot larger than "THEY" and "GIANTS." The emphasis on "MIGHT BE" is making me laugh. You gotta know that they might be giants. It's a possibility that they are giants. Don't forget about that. The back is very nice and simple. More of the black background with white text upon it. Very easy to read and very easy on the eyes. I absolutely love how "Space Suit" is listed as number 38. I think if I wasn't aware that "Fingertips" was comprised of multiple songs and was confused about why the track listing jumped from 17 to 38, I would totally buy it. This is like when I bought (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis because I wanted to know why 6 and 11 just had an empty space for them. I didn't like the album. The picture at the bottom is very nice. I would answer the phone. Hello? Who is this? Wait, who is it? Who's on the other line? Answer me!

Favorite song: Space Suit


JOHN HENRY - 1994

Art direction and design: Mike Mills Diversified

Design (design assistance): Rachel Switzky

Photography: Michael Halsband

Composition: 8/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 6/10

Giantness: 6/10

I like how very saturated the picture on the cover is. I like looking at the grass. The different variations of green are nice to look at. It looks like they either took this at night or very early in the morning. The flash used is way too obvious. The front cover is fine overall. I don't like the font used that much. I can't imagine any other font being used, but it just feels off a bit. The back, however, is a mess. It is way too difficult to read the text! Who thought orange was a good color to put over different values of grey? It's not even a bright orange either! The picture used on the back is fine, it's completely fine, but the text should have been better. It's so hard to read. They should have put a black border around the text to add more contrast between the orange and the greys.

Favorite song: Dirt Bike


FACTORY SHOWROOM - 1996

Design: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta

Design assistance: Beverly Joel

Photography: James Wojcik

They Might Be Gothic Typeface: Jonathan Hoefler

Composition: 8/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 8/10

Giantness: 4/10

There's a light switch on the front. There is a light switch on the front. A light switch, right there. It is on the front cover. This feels like store front with "Factory Showroom" being on a hanging sign. You need the sign there with the arrow so people know where to go. I like the colors a lot. It's very green. It's like puke green which is such a great color. This front cover is alright. Not so sure if I like the back that much. It is a bit difficult to follow the track listing. You kinda read it clockwise starting at "S-E-X-X-Y" and then going left. I understand making it look interesting and cool, but it's confusing. It's a much more unique way of displaying the track listing instead of just doing a simple list like the albums before. I like the clear tubes that they stand on. Looks like the blocks are on plates. That's what they ate for dinner. The color scheme on that back does not fit the front, but I guess that's alright. Blue and yellow always go together. I guess they added some orange on the back to fit with the orange on the front.

Favorite song: I Can Hear You


LONG TALL WEEKEND - 1999

Design: Annette Berry

Illustration: Michael Kupperman

Composition: 9/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 10/10

Giantness: 8/10

Michael Kupperman also did a drawing for each song and they are all very cool. The man on the front scares me. He is up to no good. He is staring at this machine that seems to be taking a ticket off of a roll of tickets. There are only seven colors I think. I may have counted wrong, some of them look really close together. I think they're eight. "THEY" looks nice and big. I can certainly read that part. That's probably the part where your eye gets drawn to. The album title is so tiny at the top. We can NOT forget the band name, but if we forget the album title then that's totally fine. It's not that important. Even though the back is very simple, I like it a lot. What I like most about it is that there are specific credits for each song. Helps me figure out what instruments are used on each song. I also like the little tiny drawing in the corner. This is very early digital art, I love it a lot. That's a frog! What's the stuff next to the frog?

Link for the drawings.

Favorite song: Drinking


MINK CAR - 2001

Design (graphic) and illustration: The Chopping Block, Inc.

Composition: 10/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 7/10

This cover looks really cool. I like all of the little arrows. It looks like instructions on how to put together a toy car and also a blue human. That must be a normal car. What toy car is that intricate? That guy must have gotten hit by the car, the mink car. "13. MINK CAR. It's all in your head." Oh wait, that's the only area that says the album title on the front. It's very small. We can NOT forget the band name, but the album title doesn't matter as much. I don't know what any of these numbers mean that are on the band name, but I do enjoy looking at them. Numbers are always good. I also really like the font they used for the band name. It looks cool! Cars are so difficult to draw. That car looks so good. How did they do it? There are only four colors used. I really like the thin thickness variation. Okay, to the back now. You see more of the car. The lines look so good. Everything is just too perfect. My favorite part is that they added the length of the songs on the track listing. Love it when bands do that. The numbers are still confusing to me, but that's alright. You just need to pay attention to the last two numbers anyways. "Dial-A-Song Going Strong," whoa, that rhymed!

Favorite song: I've Got a Fang


NO! - 2002

Design, illustration, and other (enhanced CD-rom): The Chopping Block, Inc.

Composition: 6/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 6/10

This one is very nice and orange. Hey wait, are they doing sign language? How did I not notice that until now? I feel so dumb. I always thought these were children on the cover, but the person on the far left is wearing heels. I know some young girls like to wear those plastic glittery Disney princess heels (you know what I'm talking about, I always wanted a pair of those), but those heels are just plain white. These kids look weird. I like their misshapen eyes. The kids made that robot. I feel like there is just too much empty space at the bottom. This cover is alright. I wish they did something else with it, though. Just something slightly different. Having "NO!" in a speech bubble doesn't look right to be. I think that it should just be in a bubble in general instead of being in a speech bubble because the line going down is way too long. I guess it makes more sense with the inside of it, but it doesn't line up. I don't understand this. Maybe they should have just moved all of it down a bit so there isn't so much empty space at the bottom. I like the orange print. I would want it as a carpet. The back is alright. The orange print continues. I can read everything. The font for the track listing is very thick and bold. There's so much text on the back. Please, do not forget that this is a very special disc. You can never forget that. It should never be forgotten. There's a little baby sleeping, that's so adorable!!!

Favorite song: Violin


THE SPINE - 2004

Artwork (logo): Rolf Conant and Sam Potts

Design: Melissa Jun

Illustration: Zohar Lazar

Composition: 9/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 7/10

Giantness: 8/10

This cover is very interesting to look at. There's a house there, but it looks to be a trap. This piece reminds me of traditional cel animation with the watercolor background. That could possibly be gouache instead. That house looks very cozy. I bet a nice little animal lives there! Maybe a little fox. I really want to see this drawing without the text over it. This drawing is just so beautiful. I would hang it on my wall. Maybe on multiple walls. This cover doesn't feel like it belongs to a They album. It feels like it belongs more to a slightly folky indie band that's kinda overrated. The font is fucking ugly. I think it shouldn't be there at all. If, for some reason, they wanted to keep some sort of text on it to indicate that it's their album and they made it, it should be located in the top left in the sky. That would keep as much text as possible from ruining the beautiful piece of art. It looks so terrible just randomly placed there! It seems like there was no thought put into it. Onto the back! I love the drawing used here, too. It's a nice silhouette. A house was made into the trunk of a tree. A family of squirrels live there. This is so beautiful. This would also look a lot better without the text, but this is a CD and people should know the track listing and the name of the album and also the name of the band so it has to be there. The song titles alternating sides is a bit confusing.

Favorite song: Memo to Human Resources


HERE COMES THE ABC'S - 2005

Design: Melissa Jun

Illustration: ColourMovie

Logo: Sam Potts and Rolf Conant

Composition: 7/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 8/10

Giantness: 9/10

Hey, guys, let's take a few seconds to look at the puppets. Robin Goldwasser made them and they look so beautiful. I love puppets a lot and I love Robin a lot. I would love to know how she made them. I know nothing about knitting so if she explained different knitting techniques or different sizes of needles, I would not understand, but I would gladly listen to anything she has to say. I really want to know what they're made of, too. Are Flans' glasses children's glasses? Is that why they have lenses? There are many different fonts on this cover. It's very bright and colorful. I like the text a lot. The fonts used are good especially the one for "ABCs." There's actually not much on the cover and yet it feels like there is too much going on. I don't like the kid at the bottom. I think it would look better without them. They just seem out of place. Anyways, let's go to the back. It's kinda simple on the back. There's a lot to read. I guess it doesn't really matter, it's for adults to read and not for kids to read. Hey, why does it say "and much more" at the end of the track listing? Wait, these songs are not in order. This is fucked up, man. I like the birds. They look cute. O v O. That's their faces.

Favorite song: Rolling O


THE ELSE - 2007

Graphic design: Melissa Jun

Photography and costumes: Marcel Dzama

Composition: 10/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 7/10

This is what I'm talking about!!! A cover with no text on it! These bird heads are nice. Imagine if you looked like that. How sexy you would be. I like the briefcase. Their face is on it! I can't believe they're matching with their briefcase. That's so lovely. Are they warm enough in the snow? I don't think they have enough layers on. They need more clothes. I'm getting so worried about these anthropomorphic bird friends. At least they're wearing gloves. This cover is just very good and nice to look at. The black bar in the right interests me, but it goes with the back a bit. I know on the back the bar is there for the track listing, but it kinda fits with the wall covering part of the right side. The back is just as beautiful! More anthropomorphic animal friends! I can not tell if they are supposed to be a specific animal. Maybe the ones on the front aren't even birds. Are they holding a book? They're just standing there. I would let them inside. They could be trying to get me to join this pyramid scheme. The placement of the text is nice. I can read it and that's all that matters.

Favorite song: Careful What You Pack


HERE COMES THE 123'S - 2008

Design: Melissa Jun

Composition: 7/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 8/10

Giantness: 6/10

This one looks cool. There's a lot to look at here. I like that the numbers in the background are outlined instead of filled in at those three parts. I don't know how to describe it, but if you looked at it you will understand what I am talking about. There is a dog in a suit! A dog in a suit! How funny!!! Dogs usually do not wear suits. You could put a dog in a suit if you wanted to, but they do not wear suits usually. I like the little owl and the superheroes high fiving! The red one reminds me of Canada. I like that they took characters from the music videos and placed some of them on the covers. I know before I said it looks cool, but I can not look at it. There is too much. I don't like the font used for "THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS." I don't like looking at it. Some of the letters connect and there's no separation between them so it doesn't look good. It's rather confusing. I like all of the colors, though. Okay, onto the back. The puppets are there again!!! Look at the puppets!!! I love the puppets!!! Those are the same pictures used last time, but they don't have those letters on their chests. There's a lot of text here. I wish they numbered the track listing. This time they put the track listing in order which is many times better than before. This is very green. I'm not so sure about the white against the green, but it could just be this person's scan of the back cover making it look that way.

Favorite song: Hot Dog!


HERE COMES SCIENCE - 2009

Design: Melissa Jun

Cover illustration: David Cowles

Composition: 9/10

Color: 9/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 7/10

I like this cover a lot. It has a very nice art style. A lot of things are labelled and I do like labelled things. The part where it says "THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS" does not fit, but we will just ignore that. I guess it fits because it's on very oddly lined paper and it's being measured. I don't get it. I like all of the colors together. I also like how the lines overlap each other and the colors combine in those areas. I think that's very cool. I also like the brush used for the lines (not so sure if they were drawn digitally or traditionally). It has the texture of color pencils. I tried to recreate this brush in PaintTool SAI and I've been using that brush for most of my art ever since I did that first drawing of them. It's absolutely beautiful. I like the color choice for the background, too. It's very easy on the eyes. Also, there's John and John right there! There's an atom next to them. That atom looks way too big to be an atom! Maybe everything else is just really small. Hey, they didn't label the flask, beaker, and I forgot the name of the other thing (round bottom flask?) that's behind the test tube. The back is very dark compared to the front. I understand the concept on the back with the planets, but from far away it just looks like colorful round lines. One thing I love about the back is that they numbered the track listing unlike the other two Disney CDs.

Favorite song: The Bloodmobile


JOIN US - 2011

Design and illustration: Office of Paul Sahre

Composition: 9/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 8/10

Giantness: 10/10

This is the sexy album. I love this cover a lot! There are only four colors! The idea of a pink hearse with monster truck wheels is so absurd and funny to me. Imagine being dead in your casket in the back of this beast and being driven to your burial ceremony in this. That would be fucking awesome. Imagine your family members being so weirded out by this. The monster truck also does some tricks in the graveyard after you're lowered into your grave. I would be terrified to drive this. I am terrified to drive any car, but this car is way too tall and way too long for me to handle. Do you need a special license to drive hearses or to drive limousines since they are long? Maybe you don't need one for a hearse. I could look this up, but I won't. The placement of the text is weird, wait, maybe the hearse is crushing the words. That's why "they" is slanted like that ... maybe. At least I can read it. I understand the point of graphic design and making things look interesting, but please do not cross out words. I can still read them, but do NOT do that. I guess things would look much too simple if the whole track listing wasn't crossed out, but whatever. The simplicity is nice and I think I should be able to read things just fine. I like the picture on the back.

Favorite song: The Lady and the Tiger


NANOBOTS - 2013

Artwork (collages): Sam Weber

Design: Office of Paul Sahre

Composition: 8/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 7/10

Giantness: 6/10

Everytime I look at this cover I get confused about what's going on, but that's alright, I'm sure that's the entire point of the piece. I know it's two pictures upon each other. That person is wearing a nice blue dress. I always thought the yellow part where legs, but now I think it's a chair. The font on this cover reminds me of the font used for the cover of The Final Riot! by Paramore. The font on this cover has more filled in, though. It's all so confusing which is absolutely amazing. One thing I don't get is the space between "NANO" and "BOTS." The space wouldn't be that large if it was one word. That larger space must be there so people could know the album title. There can't be too much covered. The back cover is even more confusing. The back feels very warm. The painting that is behind the legs looks quite Baroque. Maybe all of the paintings used were from that era. I would like to know what the original paintings were. I am wrong. I found out what the painting used for the front cover is and it's not from that era, it was made after it. I like these collages, though. They look really cool.

Favorite song: The Darlings of Lumberland


GLEAN - 2015

Design: Paul Sahre Inc.

Photography: Jason Fulford

Illustration (salivary glands): Frank H. Netter

Illustration (space, fist): Paul Sahre

Composition: 9/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 7/10

Giantness: 7/10

This cover makes more sense when you look at it in full size on a computer screen than on your music player on your tiny phone. I really like how the trees look and how they seem to be angled towards the center. I could say so much about this, but all I'm thinking about is how great it is and that my favorites seem to be the ones that don't have any text on them. I would love to own a poster of the front cover and the back cover. I like anatomical drawings a lot. Everything is so pink and fleshy. Putting a circle in the middle of a square is always a good idea. This album cover is just so perfect. I love the pinks against the blue sky. The colors used on the back are so nice. Yellow and pink with a galaxy right in the middle. It kind of confuses you a bit because there doesn't look to be a specific reason for it to be there since space and jacks don't have much in common. They could have something in common that I am completely missing. I guess the track listing looks alright, I'm not so sure where else they could have put it. There's just no winning with this one. Oh, I love this pink and yellow so much. This one is absolutely gorgeous.

Favorite song: I'm a Coward


WHY? - 2015

Graphic design: Melissa Jun

Illustration: Alison Cowles

Composition: 9/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 9/10

I absolutely adore the art on this cover! It's so cute. Look at this squirrel playing a trumpet. Imagine if squirrels could actually do that. We wouldn't need humans anymore. That squirrel goes TOOT TOOT! I like there being only four colors. Sometimes fewer colors makes a piece look much better. I don't like the placement of the text. I wish the "BE" wasn't so far away from the rest of the band name and was between "might" and "GIANTS" instead. I wonder how it would look if "might" was in the same font as the rest of the band name. I'm thinking about it and maybe it does look better being the same font as the album title. The bees on the back are so cute, they're all wearing ties. I like the onomatopoeia used on the back, too. It's kind of onomatopoeia, but not really. I don't know terms for certain kinds of words. That one bee next to the microphone is reciting a poem. It's slam poetry night at their hive. The little splotches of yellow are quite nice. They're only there to I guess highlight words. On the front it highlights the band name and on the back it highlights the buzzing. The track listing being scattered like that is very interesting. It's not difficult to follow, but it's a good way to not have it covering the artwork.

Favorite song: I Haven't Seen You In Forever


PHONE POWER - 2016

Design: Paul Sahre

Composition: 7/10

Color: 10/10

Readability: 6/10

Giantness: 8/10

This one looks really cool, but it's also confusing to read. That's fine though because from afar it looks like actual letters. I love the colors used. Magenta and blue are a great color combination. I don't understand the pound symbols in the background, but alright. Paul probably just needed to fill in some space. I love how the colors overlap and combine like that. They also did that on the cover for Here Comes Science. The back picture could be better, but this is all I could find. The style continues here. I kept looking at this and was wondering why the circle is made up of zeroes when the cowbell is made up of "cowbell." Shouldn't it be made up of "circle" then if cowbell is like that? This also goes for the lines that are on the outside of "AND." I think those should be made up of hyphens since it's a line. Maybe that would look weird since it's slanted. Then maybe it should be made up of backslashes then. Press f to pay respects for Patrick Dillett since his last name got stylized, but his first name didn't. I'm so sorry, bro. I just noticed there is no track listing for this. Why? I guess the style would not be able to continue onto the track listing because that would just be way too difficult to read.

Favorite song: Impossibly New


I LIKE FUN - 2018

Design: Paul Sahre

Composition: 7/10

Color: 6/10

Readability: 4/10

Giantness: 2/10

I couldn't find better pictures for this for some reason, sorry about that. Bro, this shit is difficult to read. I want to know how many pieces of paper he used for this. It looks like it was fun to make and he probably accidentally cut himself a few times whilst doing this, but I can't read anything. I already know what it is so it doesn't matter for me, but for others, it could be quite confusing. I think you can do whatever you want for the front cover. It can be as fucked up as you want it to be and that's alright, the most important part is that people can read the track listing. I still can't read it. Paul didn't fuck this one up as much which was very nice of him to do. I hate the second half of the track listing where the font gets smaller and so it doesn't line up with the numbers. I don't like having to count. I guess none of it really matters as long as it looks cool, you could always look up the track listing online or on the CD insert. Actually, this makes me think of someone who was typing something and they ended up ripping it up in a fit of rage and then they realized their mistake and tried to piece it back together, but it didn't work out so well for them.

Favorite song: McCafferty's Bib


MY MURDERED REMAINS - 2018

Design: Paul Sahre

Composition: 8/10

Color: 6/10

Readability: 4/10

Giantness: 2/10

It has the same style as the last one, but there are fingers this time. I like this one better than the last one. I can't explain why I like this one better, but it just seems more unified than the other one. I like the little pieces hanging off the paper. Them not being glued down all the way just looks better. Maybe it fits better with the album title and that's why I like it more. It's like the murdered remains of the pieces of paper that Paul cut up and placed back together. It's like that shit that Frankenstein did in that one book about him. He could have just been nice to his son and things wouldn't have gone so bad. The back cover is rather beautiful. I love how the track listing curves like that and this time they line up with the number which is good, but I still can't read the words very well so I guess it doesn't really matter in the end. I'm not so sure how I feel about the hand being there. If my nails were that long I would scream. I don't really like looking at people's hands either especially their nails. I don't know, things freak me out sometimes.

Favorite song: Selectionist


THE ESCAPE TEAM - 2018

Graphic design: Melissa Jun

Illustration: David Cowles

Composition: 8/10

Color: 9/10

Readability: 8/10

Giantness: 7/10

Another cover that doesn't have any text on it! I love these colors a lot and I love all of the dots. Someone told me many years ago that red and purple didn't go together, but I think that they do. I was wearing a red shirt with purple pants at the time and I think I was eight or some age close to that one. The art style is alright. I like the designs for some of the other characters better than Jackie's. It makes sense for her to be on the cover since her song is first. Okay, I got out of my chair and stood a few feet away from my computer and I think it looks better from afar. The back is just fine. There should be more contrast in the pink and green used on the scissors (I've noticed that this scan just washed it out. It actually looks fine on a digital version I've seen). There are a lot of triangles, very tall triangles. I like the thick lines on the scissors and also on the front cover. Thick lines are always look cool to me. I should use thick lines more often in my own art. I like that the text conforms to the angles of the triangles.

Favorite song: John Postal

BONUS!!!

UNSUPERVISED - 1996

Design: Barbara Glauber

Photography: Beverly Joel and Rolf Conant

Composition: 7/10

Color: 6/10

Readability: 7/10

Giantness: 8/10

AH! TOO CLOSE! I can only look at this from afar. The dude in the top left didn't have to put those letters in their mouth unlike the two below them. How inconsistent! Okay, let's just ignore the photography. I hate looking at it. I am terrified by this. The text is super small. I've decided that I don't like this. All of the dots reminds me of some sort of advertisement, but I can't tell what they are advertising. They're advertising the letters that you can put on your teeth. Grills too big for their mouths! I don't want to talk about this anymore. I hate looking at it. About the back, I could only get it from the Australian release on discogs and on the wiki they have the back for the Australian release, too. I would assume the US release looks the same. I like the back much more than the front. I really like the colors. These buildings have a lot of windows. This back cover reminds me of the back cover for Flood since they both have pictures with some sort of filter over them. I keep switching between the back and the front and I see how they go together with the colors since the person in the top left is the red color that's used for the numbers on the back and the person on right is yellow like how most of the back is yellow. Very interesting!

Favorite song: Don't I Have the Right? (feat. Nancy Lynn Howell)


IT'S FUN TO STEAL - 1998

Design: Barbara Glauber and Beverly Joel

Photography: Catherine McGann

Composition: 5/10

Color: 5/10

Readability: 4/10

Giantness: 6/10

He terrifies me. This is one of the few times I've looked at a picture of John Flansburgh and decided that I did not want to look at him anymore. What's he drinking? I think it's peach mango Kool-Aid. That shit is really good, it's the best flavor. I think he should be winking his other eye. Those flowers look nice. If he was dressed nicer he would look like the CEO of some company and he's invited you out to dinner to talk business and then the two of you go into the bathroom to snort cocaine. Two days later he lays off at least 2000 people at his company. He might lay off even more people than that depending on what company he is the CEO of and how large it is. Capitalist pig. It makes sense now! He probably looks that way because CEOs love to steal from the people below them! There are white dots on this one, too. They must have been really into dots at the time. I wonder if they made another album there would be white dots on the cover for that one also. I just want to say that the yellow design behind the text is so fucking ugly and I can't read anything. This also goes for the back which is much worse. I can't read anything. This is terrible! This was a bad idea. It's difficult to read the song titles over the numbers.

Favorite song: Dedicated


STATE SONGS - 1999

Design: Barbara Glauber

Composition: 8/10

Color: 7/10

Readability: 9/10

Giantness: 4/10

It's time to talk about State Songs! I just noticed that the designs for all the bonus stuff are done by the same person. I'm so sorry, Barbara, for not liking the previous two that much. I'm sure you're a fantastic person to be around. The cover looks like a composition notebook. Linnell was bored in history class and started drawing outlines of different states on his notebook. Hated it when teachers would tell you to buy these because they are the worst. The binding is always in the way. It's just not worth it! I love that they had to widen the US in order to fit his name into it at the bottom. That looks really funny. Imagine living in that. It's too large! I like that I am able to read this. There are only four colors on the front which is great. The placements of the states confuse me, though. I can't tell what they are. That might be on purpose. I think some outlines are multiple states together. I'm confused, but I do like this cover a lot. It fits the album very well. I like the back. It's very blue like water! It's just some states floating in the sea. The track listing catches me off guard because I want to read it from top to bottom, but I gotta go left from right with this. I think it would have been interesting if they made the track listing into the shape of a state. Maybe not, that could get confusing. I like that the states are also on the sides. Is the placement of the states supposed to create a shape or am I thinking too much? It looks like a horse to me. Does Linnell like horses?

Favorite song: Arkansas