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

There’s a lot of things going on here. It’s one 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. The back of the CD version is so boring and it’s so hard to read. I love the bright pink, but it’s not good to look at while you’re trying to read the track listing. I think they should also change the font to something that’s easier to read. That’s all I’m going to say about the back.

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: 8/10

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? Are there things inside of it? What does it look like on the inside? I like the color scheme of it. White, red, and blue. A lot of flags have those colors on it. The scenery is rather nice. Okay, onto the back now! It’s very red and bright! I like the little drawing. Red, white, and black is a good color combination. It’s one of my favorite color combinations! Maybe if I had a physical copy of it it wouldn’t seem as bright. The font is fine, I can read everything. What’s a CD longbox? Why is it so long? CD’s are tiny, they don’t need that much space.

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 like the positioning of the photograph. I like where they cropped it. 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. The text is dark blue and I like that I can read everything well.

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! So powerful. 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. The picture at the bottom is very nice. I’ll remember it forever (me typing this is very funny because looking back at this I don't remember what the picture was and had to look it up). Where is the phone wire going to?

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. The front cover is overall fine. 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 black? 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.

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. I like the colors a lot. It’s very green. It’s like puke green which is such a great color. 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. 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.

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. I don’t really understand what’s going on here, but the art is cool. There are only seven colors I think. I may have counted wrong, some of them look really close together. “THEY” looks nice and big. I can certainly read that part. That’s probably the part where your eye gets drawn to. 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. That’s a 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. “13. MINK CAR. It’s all in your head.” Oh wait, that’s the only area that says the album title on the front. I don’t know what any of these numbers mean, 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. There are only four colors used. 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: 10/10

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. I like the orange print. I would want it as a carpet. The back is alright. The orange print continues. I can read everything. 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. It looks like the background was painted, but the house and the furniture weren’t. That’s actually very cool. It reminds me of traditional animation. 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 looks fine. 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. Onto the back! I love the drawing used here, too. 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.

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 so yeah. 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. That looks so cool. There’s nothing there and yet it feels like there is too much going on in the cover. I don’t like the kid at the bottom. I think it would look better without them. 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? Oh, who cares? Just listen to it and you’ll see what will happen. 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! 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 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. 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. I like the little owl and the superheroes high fiving! The red one reminds me of Canada. 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. 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 that’s alright. There’s a lot of text here. I wish they numbered the track listing. This is very green.

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 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 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 awesome. 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. It’s all nice.

Favorite song: Cloisonné


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 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. I really hate the font. It 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. The back cover is even more confusing. I still hate the font. 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: 8/10

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. The colors used on the back are so nice. Yellow and pink with a galaxy in the middle. I guess the track listing looks alright, I’m not so sure where else they could have put it. Oh, I love this pink and yellow so much. This one is absolutely gorgeous.

Favorite song: Madam, I Challenge You to a Duel


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 better. I hate the placement of the text. I wish the “BE” wasn’t so far away from the rest of the band name. 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.

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 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. 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.

Favorite song: Impossibly New


I LIKE FUN
2018

Design: Paul Sahre

Composition: 7/10

Color: 6/10

Readability: 5/10

Giantness: 2/10

I couldn’t find better pictures for this for some reason, sorry about that. Bro, this shit is difficult to read. It looks like it was fun to make, 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 confusing for them. 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. 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: Lake Monsters


MY MURDERED REMAINS
2018

Design: Paul Sahre

Composition: 8/10

Color: 6/10

Readability: 5/10

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. 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.

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 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. 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. There are a lot of triangles, very tall triangles. I like the thick lines on the scissors and also on the front cover. 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. How inconsistent! Okay, let's just ignore the photography. I hate looking at it. 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. I keep switching between the back and the front and I see how they go together with the colors since the one in the top left is the red color that's used for the numbers on the back and the one 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. The only time I've looked at a picture of John Flansburgh and decided that I didn't want to look at him anymore. Maybe that isn't the only time, the cover of Unsupervised is included in that. What's he drinking? I think it's peach mango Kool-Aid. That shit is really good. 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 200 people at his company. There are white dots on this one, too. 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. I have nothing else to say.

Favorite song: Dedicated


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