An Old Painting of a Bright Purple Frowning, Vomiting Triangle FTW.
The winner of the Art Vinyl Prize for the best album cover art of 2008 has been revealed, along with 49 also-rans. On top: Fleet Foxes' eponymous full-length debut, which relies on a detail from that still-trendy "1559 painting Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder." Will that painting ever go out of fashion?
Another cover featuring a a fancy-like old-timey painting, Coldplay's Viva La Vida, took third place, behind Roots Manuva's Slime & Reason. The Roots Manuva cover showcased another popular theme among the online voters who determined the winners: splitting headaches. Other popular imagery: geometric shapes (often brightly-colored), people and animals "vomiting" things others than vomit, and people, as well as animals with their mouths wide open for some reason other than to spew non-vomit.
Some of the top 50 on the Art Vinyl Prize longlist:
#5 - Elbow's Seldom Seen Kid - geometric shapes, admittedly not very brightly-colored.
#24 - Hauschka's Ferndorf - brightly colored geometric shapes (sort of); so there.
#38 The Whip's - X Marks Destination - ditto, plus the mouth thing.
#39 - Death Set's - World Wide - Kids, no one is upset with you; we just want to know whether everything is okay.