Jason Mraz Saves Atlantic Records A Lot Of Money In The Worst Album Cover Of The Year Race

Mar 17th, 2008 // 20 Comments

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I know insufferably cutesy, jam-friendly singer-songwriter Mraz is the kind of artist who attracts one of those scary collegiate tour-circuit cults that snaps up every bootleg, but can said cult really be large enough to offset the number of potential new listeners destined to pass over this creepy-ass scribble portrait on the Best Buy new release racks? Lean times for label art departments, but even an Ashlee-style sticker booth portrait couldn’t have cost that much.

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  1. tigerpop

    Why is Michael Stipe wearing that silly hat?

  2. NickEddy

    This will also help police identify the guy from the swing-resurgence era who’s now breaking into people’s apartments and stealing their athsma inhalers.

  3. Dick Laurent is dead.

    @tigerpop: It’s Jandek.

  4. Ned Raggett

    @Dick Laurent is dead.: Not blurry enough.

  5. Michaelangelo Matos

    Daniel Johnston homage, surely

  6. Lax Danja House

    I dunno, I’d imagine this cover would attract exactly the sort of demographic Mraz would look to attract. E.g. people in coffee houses and people wearing tight brown suit jackets.

  7. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @Dick Laurent is dead.: I am now thinking of a scenario in which an error at the manufacturing plant causes all copies of “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” to actually contain the music from “The Myth of Blue Icicles.”

    I will stop at nothing to make this happen.

  8. Whigged

    Imitating Al Hirschfeld is not flattery.

  9. Dick Laurent is dead.

    @Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee: In an ideal world…hah.

    @Ned Raggett: True, and too much information on the cover.

  10. okiedoke

    Look into his eyes … you’re getting sleepy … buy Jason Mraz CD … it would be a good idea to buy another as a spare … this is NOT eleigible for worst cover of the year … vote for Nuge instead … when you hear finger snap, you’ll awake feeling refreshed …

  11. Dickdogfood

    Don’t look into his eyes, MY GOD, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T LOOK INTO HIS EYES.

  12. SilentSid

    I actually think it’s a reference to the artists rendering in this video:

  13. SilentSid

    The picture is at the :42 mark in the clip.

  14. Captain Wrong

    I wanna know where the gold at.

    Oh shoot, SilentSid beat me to it. :P

  15. natepatrin

    Dude’s got pug-dog eyes.

  16. Mr. Praline

    But but but… it’s ART, innit??

  17. Nunya B

    The ASimp cover got changed, by the way. This is AAAAAHT and is SACROSANCT.

    @af607105: charlotte gainsbourg?

  18. alec_baldwin

    Music’s good.

  19. Lucas Jensen

    I believe you should remove the word “cover” in the headline.

  20. Freshness

    All the best artists get a good amount of hate. He's better live and acoustic anyways.

    Jason Mraz > Anyone who's ever made music + Everyone else

    U mad

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