). But the reason why I wrote this post is because the new
album has probably the dullest cover ever.
Is that a crime? I wouldn't say that. But it's clear that we've seen that picture somewhere before...
The cover for the new U2 album uses the same photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto that was used by electronic/ambient musician Taylor Deupree
for his CD "Specification.Fifteen" (based on Sugimoto's work) from 2006.
You can read all about it here
Without using the words stealing
I would say that's not very smart. Who's to blame? I wouldn't know. Sugimoto himself, or his management? U2, or their management? This will probably stay an ongoing discussion...
Fact is, that it is a dull cover.
So I tried to pimp it (fake covers again!) but I kept the black&white picture. I didn't use any bigger-than-life
typography and I didn't add any graphical elements.
Did it get any better? Tell me.
And that brings me to a second subject about U2.
The U2 album sleeves look always a bit simular. (Let's make an exception for "Pop") You could call that a house style
but I don't think it's intentional. There's never any great design. Never any creativity. Always pale brown
, dark red
. Always a bit symmetrical. Always a bit old fashioned. I'ld almost say: always a bit dull.
What would happen if U2 used the same dull photo and the clich
e title of their last album, but if they'ld use an old design?