You've heard it all before- "never judge a book by its cover" But what about a record? Well, because first impressions do count, Art Vinyl came out with the brilliant idea to launch a poll for the best record sleeves out there. Now, in its fifth annual instalment, the Best Art Vinyl poll gives you the opportunity to vote for your 3 favourite record artworks out of a 'shortlist' of 50, selected by a judging panel, made of Mark Sinclair of Creative Review, Spencer Hicks of Rough Trade, The Quietus writer John Doran and Andrew Heeps (Art Vinyl Director).
This year's nominees include the much-polemical Journal For Plague Lovers by The Manic Street Preachers, the minimalist XX by the very same XX, the revolutionary 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day and the gloom/doom-heavy To Lose My Life by White Lies, among many other worthy contestants, all (virtually) competing for a distinction previously granted to the likes of Hard-Fi, The Cribs, Thom Yorke and Fleet Foxes.
You can cast your votes at www.artvinyl.com/en/nominate/nominations.html between now and Christmas Eve, and the winners will be announced on 5th January 2010.
In the meantime, if you're local or fancy a weekend day-trip, you might fancy a peep from up close at all 50 selected artworks, which will be exhibited at the Georges House Gallery, in Folkestone, Kent, from 11th December to 17h January. Entry is free.