In music industry, album covers are not only the envelopes of the sound, they represent the uniqueness of the product to be sold and, for collectors and fans, are a pure piece of art equal to the music they are going to buy. This is the reason why both fans and music producers pay a lot of attention to the outlook of the albums since that represents what is the actual quality of the production.
One of the most impressive album covers that have actually made me buy an album of a genre that I am not particularly attracted to – The OC Soundtrack Album made such an impression on me that as soon as I saw it in the music store, I knew this would be a perfect piece to download to my Smartphones music library and add to my collection (which was mainly trance music, but I had no such cover).
The cover is made by a number of pieces of paper with drawing on them. Each cartoon represents a hero character that resembles the main characters of the OC TV production – it is like the artist is displaying comic book characters rather than TV starts. The whole cover looks like a just-drawn cartoon book, and the small pack of drawing papers and pencils lying around the cartoons made the cover look like the working area of a gifted artists.
You have no guess what would be the music like when you first see that piece of art – it lacks the hard images of metal albums, the mixture of rainbow colours for house, the discoball for trance or the image of the artists that is typical for pop music. It is just like the sketches of a comic book – this make you even more curious to get the product and add it to your unique collection.