U2 No Line on the Horizon

It's always unpleasant when I feel like I have to dump on an artist because of something as silly as an album cover. In this day and age of the digital download, the album cover is even less important than it was when the presentation format for marketing music shrunk from the album cover to the compact disc cover.

U2 is so big, why not dump on them? I could do any and all of their albums and I wouldn't have a problem with that. I will probably do all of the old U2 singles and albums, just for fun.

The No Line on the Horizon cover is the blandest, most worthless thing you could imagine. This is an example of an awful, indulgent, and artistically bankrupt cover.

Really? Scotch tape and still water? That's the best you could come up with? I want to highlight what is printed on the CD itself. That's at least interesting. That's at least a picture of something. Why spend several years planning and executing something like this that you know is going to be sold to millions of people through the various formats (yes, even vinyl) and then absolutely punt when it comes to the cover art?

What's sad is that I can't leave this up. No one will stop and visit my blog with this at the top of the page. It's that bland.