Does Album Artwork Matter?

Does the artwork of an album overall define the album or can the music stand on its own without the artwork. The artwork can give context to an album but do you need to see the artwork in order to understand the context of the music or can it stand on its own without it. Is the idea of album artwork going to eventually be outdated due to most people either downloading and streaming music rather than buying physical copies such as CDs or Vinyl records where the artwork is the first sing you see when you buy it. I think a lot of music can stand on its own without the album cover and doesn’t exactly define each individual song just more as a summary of the whole album, but to someone who does not completely get the message the artwork may help them receive the message.

96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians

Too many teardrops
For one heart to be cryin’
Too many teardrops
For one heart to carry on

You’re way on top now
Since you left me
You’re always laughin’
Way down at me

But watch out now
I’m gonna get there
We’ll be together
For just a little while

And then I’m gonna put you
Way down here
And you’ll start cryin’
96 tears

Cry
Cry

And when the sun comes up
I’ll be on top
You’ll be right down there
Lookin’ up

You’re gonna cry 96 tears
You’re gonna cry 96 tears
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry, now
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry

96 tears, c’mon, let hear you cry, now
96 tears, woo, I wanna hear you cry
Night and day, yeah, all night long

 

Has The 2000s Emo Scene Still Held Up

Growing up from Middle School to High School I listened to a lot of metal core and pop punk bands that are still around today but some have completely change their style and audience from when they first started making music. Some in good ways, others no so good. I remember within the first weeks of class people discussing Bring Me The Horizon putting out pop music now, they are not the only ones in this scene who’ve made a drastic change in musical style in recent years. Many fans were disappointed when the band Underoath went from being a Christian style rock band to making a complete 180 and making music with satanic undertones. We’ve also had bands loose members to purse other passion projects such as Cassadee Pope from pop punk Hey Monday leaving the band to compete on the Voice and become a country singer and Mattie Montgomery leaving his Christian metal band For Today to pursue preaching the word of God across the U.S. an overseas.