Front cover

I’ve loved this cover for the abundantly talented Brendan Benson’s 3rd album since i first saw it. Of course it ticks the retro box for me but it’s also so beautifully restrained and sophisticated. I was lucky enough to get in contact with the designer of the album artwork David Calderley at Graphic Therapy, who took the time to give me the background story on the creation of the album and supply various artwork for the album and singles.

” The Brendon Benson Cover was a bit of a challenge and had a few incarnations during the process. The initial idea was presented to the artist as one image of him and a girl relating to each other, but clearly all ‘disjointed as they were on a series of boxes in a white space, which had a nod to early 70s ‘commercial art’ and the album had a feel of that period. I had one day to shoot. We did a location shoot in Asbury Park, New Jersey (for press and possible singles) I also set up a white backdrop for the ‘studio’ clean body shots. We did a second studio still life shoot of various white boxes of various compositions. Then in post mapped on combinations of Brendan and a female model. He liked it but did not think it would go down well with his audience. After many incarnations of the idea we agreed on a combination of boxes with various elements that representaed his ‘alternative to love’…. Wine, Smoking, Art, his Cat, etc…it ran into so many choices I threw in the Kitchen sink!. It was finally approved, with one additional request to make it look like it had been in a shop window for a few years so I ‘aged it’, and we were done. All the additional singles were different combinations of boxes with single elements on them. The logo font was from Bookman Swash with some additional handrawn ligatures, together with Avant Garde sub text.”

Alternate cover artwork.
orig frt coverOrig girl

Artwork for the singles.

Spit it out coverSpit it out back sleevediscCold hands singleWhat i’m looking for single

Brendan Benson: The Alternative To Love

Front cover

I’ve loved this cover for the abundantly talented Brendan Benson’s 3rd album since i first saw it. Of course it ticks the retro box for me but it’s also so beautifully restrained and sophisticated. I was lucky enough to get in contact with the designer of the album artwork David Calderley at Graphic Therapy, who took the time to give me the background story on the creation of the album and supply various artwork for the album and singles.

” The Brendon Benson Cover was a bit of a challenge and had a few incarnations during the process. The initial idea was presented to the artist as one image of him and a girl relating to each other, but clearly all ‘disjointed as they were on a series of boxes in a white space, which had a nod to early 70s ‘commercial art’ and the album had a feel of that period. I had one day to shoot. We did a location shoot in Asbury Park, New Jersey (for press and possible singles) I also set up a white backdrop for the ‘studio’ clean body shots. We did a second studio still life shoot of various white boxes of various compositions. Then in post mapped on combinations of Brendan and a female model. He liked it but did not think it would go down well with his audience. After many incarnations of the idea we agreed on a combination of boxes with various elements that representaed his ‘alternative to love’…. Wine, Smoking, Art, his Cat, etc…it ran into so many choices I threw in the Kitchen sink!. It was finally approved, with one additional request to make it look like it had been in a shop window for a few years so I ‘aged it’, and we were done. All the additional singles were different combinations of boxes with single elements on them. The logo font was from Bookman Swash with some additional handrawn ligatures, together with Avant Garde sub text.”

Alternate cover artwork.
orig frt coverOrig girl

Artwork for the singles.

Spit it out coverSpit it out back sleevediscCold hands singleWhat i’m looking for single





9 Comments

  1. Not bad but it looks exactly like the eu ads designed by Non-Format a few years back.
    Pure dribble truly an unoriginal and uninspiring piece.
    Unfortunate.

  2. who gives a shit if its a non-format rip-off? Its a pop record for christs sake – not a gallery piece – nice choice rob. Good record too.

  3. Dreadful, Cover!
    Dreadful, Logo!
    Dreadful, Record!

    Same as the Pointer Footwear Ads of 04!!
    http://www.play-area.co.uk
    Bloody Hell!

  4. I disagree with all of the above and find the type / concept quite pleasing to the eye. Being subjective can be quite the chore.

  5. it’s a great pop record. Love The Pledge. The simpler covers are much better i think…

  6. i like the graphics but not to bothered after all his musics *******ng brill!

  7. Too bad that the swash of the final N in the logo is so clumsily made. The wide and thin points in it are incorrectly drawn.

  8. The Spit It Out “exclamation point” graphic looks amazingly similar to the cover of an Admiral Demonstration LP featuring ‘Phantom 3rd Channel Stereo’ I have from the late 50′s. Nice nick!

  9. I am faine

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