In our 2012 Album Covers of the Year feature, we once again get our hands on everyone we can. Through interviews with designers, musicians, labels, and plenty of others, we take a close look at just how many hands are in the pot when it comes to the album artwork process. Inside this feature are 98 album covers spanning a wide array of sonic and visual styles, each selected for its own unique contribution to the world. They are not ranked; instead, they are broken down into sections based on conceptual underpinnings or artistic mediums, and then are displayed on spectrums. Get started by navigating into any of these six sections: Geometric & Pattern-Based Classically-Influenced Narrative & Symbolic Photography & Manipulations Painting & Illustration Collage, Sculpture & Mixed Media You can also see last year's at 2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art
 

Scissor Sisters tone down their glam disco selves a slight bit with this romp into surreal psychedelia. I guess this is the trend of the hour, and this video takes it all the way there with images of wolves, crucifixions, coffins, and burials joining hands with geometric shapes and nonsensical...

Circa Survive @ Stubb's Scissor Sisters @ Stubb's Liars @ Club de Ville Nice Nice @ The Phoenix The Vivian Girls @ Club de Ville The Tenant @ The Side Bar Lovvers @ The Mohawk Aa (Big A Little a) @ The Bingo Hall Scissor Sisters @ Stubb's Circa Survive @ Stubb's Ω...