Alex Turner and Kanye West: what do they have in common? Well, they’re both unrelenting proponents of rock’n’roll. They both make unusual public appearances. They’re both highly talented lyricists, whose carefully chosen words can light up the imagination. And now, they share some very similar album artwork.
‘Suck It And See’, the Arctic Monkeys‘ 2011 album had artwork that was so simple it looked almost lazy, but American stores still found the cover’s wording offensive enough to cover with a sticker. Now Kanye’s new single ‘Champions’ has the same minimalistic beige vibe.
Instead of including a title he’s gone for the classic ‘NO ARTWORK 3’ line. But wait… that sounds familiar too. Look at Hard-Fi’s artwork for ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ and it has pretty much the same idea behind it. In fact, their whole album campaign, along with their singles artwork, eschewed images in favour of block lettering: “IMAGES OF DRINK VIOLENCE DISGRACE REDEMPTION LOVE” for ‘Can’t Get Along (Without You)’, or “EXPENSIVE BLACK & WHITE PHOTO OF BAND. NOT AVAILABLE.” for ‘Suburban Knights’.
Kanye’s track features Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Quavo, Travi$ Scott and Yo Gotti, and will be included on the upcoming ‘Cruel Winter’ album, follow-up to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label’s 2012 compilation ‘Cruel Summer’. His choice of artwork follows two similarly iconoclastic releases – ‘Yeezus’ and ‘The Life Of Pablo’ – both of which had mould-breaking artwork to match. So if it is a homage to Arctic Monkeys and Hard-Fi, it’s quite the compliment.
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