James Durbin Reveals Memories of A Beautiful Disaster Album Cover

James Durbin reveals the cover of his new album,  James Durbin Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, set to be released on November 21.

What do you think?  The photo is beautiful and is set off beautifully by the distressed background. The blue-browns blend really nicely too.

  • TheOther

    I like the cover art as well as the album title – something different. Not the typical Idol package.

  • callmecrazy

    Ooooooo….me likey!!! \o/ *excited*

  • Kylee

    It’s interesting for sure.

  • Desdemona

    I love it – it’s dark and sexy!

  • hoa_teca

    It’s a good album cover for James ^_^ Wish him luck

  • JackedUp

    So is the album cover the disaster or is the singing on the album… Oe maybe both. Lol I am so disappointed he didn’t show his big fat belly on the cover. I wanted to see it jiggling like a bowl full of jelly.

  • Esqt

    Nice, James! Definitely not a high school portrait. I like it! This is exactly why I admire the singer/performers. They know how to present themselves visually in many forms/ways.

  • Jae

    I like the cover a lot. Very james. One of the best Idol covers IMO. :)

  • Trina

    Love the coloring, the font and I love how he looks. LOL good description, not a school portrait!

  • dadriany

    Not a fan of James…but you know what? I could totally buy his album because this cover is one of the best Idol Album Cover ever!

  • jpfan

    Nice cover. One of the few from an Idol that’s actually something different.

  • iluvai

    That’s one of the most amazing Idol covers ever. He is sorta kinda handsome. :) I’ve always thought so. James reminds me of his dad, and I’m sure dad is proud.

    eta: I think he must have hair extensions, lol….

  • chessguy99

    The bold white lettering is eye-catching. The album will need it to, considering the glut of new releases on that day.

  • tuti

    I’m dissapointed,all this fuss and excitement for this pic!!!!!!!!.
    I thought he go wilder than this like changing hair color or cooler album cover nothing special.

  • tuti

    Rocker albums are wilder and crazier album cover this more like simple,even the dress looks simple he could wear cooler jacket that have wild name on them.I hate it,sorry.

  • yellin

    I think it is beautiful and classy and can’t wait to see the artwork he himself added for the inside of the CD!

  • iluvai

    yellin says:
    10/05/2011 at 12:08 am
    I think it is beautiful and classy and can’t wait to see the artwork he himself added for the inside of the CD!

    yes!!!! :)

  • lifeisgood

    I love the coloring, font, and picture. His hair looks cool – love it! I didn’t really watch much of last year but I am interested in hearing his music.

  • goboywonder

    There’s so much to read in his expression and body language. Bent, but determined. Kudos to the photographer.

  • happyhexer

    So much better than any of the EP covers. It also tells a potential purchaser something about the type of music they might expect to hear on the CD. Sets the mood well. Really, really nice job!

  • iluvai

    I really like the phrase, “memories of a beautiful disaster”. I can relate to that.

  • Eileen99

    That’s a great picture of James & I like the font & colors as well. Nice jacket, too. Well done!

  • Cindij

    I love it, can’t wait for the music

  • JudyOhio

    I like the cover quite a bit and also like the title. I haven’t been a James fan, but I’m beginning to get interested in what will be on his CD due to how he’s being presented here. His facial expression is so pensive, I’m taken by it and wonder if the album will reflect this.

  • artemis

    I love this cover and I’m not a fan of James. It’s very intriguing-if I saw it in a store, I would definitely pick it up and take a closer look. Kinda makes me want to listen and see if I like his songs.

  • zzatrms

    I love the title and the cover. This is one of the best Idol covers I’ve seen. It’s beautiful and classy and understated. Less really is more. I’ve already said I thought James would surprise people. I like the positive reactions to the cover from some who admit they weren’t James fans. Someone said it much better than I could … One picture is worth ten thousand words. :)

  • Tera2

    I like the tone of color, the font, him standing in profile and how the black jacket matches the hair color. The hairstyle is kind of crazy though. Haha. When I first saw the cover with the brooding look, crazy hair, black colors and rough brushstrokes on the wall made me think its a portrait drawn by Spanish painter Francisco Goya.(he likes to depict the harshness than the pretty) Anyway, this color and design fits a Rock CD cover. James is one of my favorites this season and I hope he does well.

  • DurbinArcher421

    Absolutely gorgeous! The far away, thoughtful look on James’ face & in his eyes is perfect! The hair if perfect! the jacket is perfect! The background is perfect! The lettering is perfect! I love the gritty, moody, etherical almost sad feeling of this album cover. It will definately get attention in the stores! **There is nothing AI about this cover…or the album** Kudos to James, Wind-Up and the photog for a beautiful job! Rock on, James! I can’t wait for Novemer 21! <3

  • zaclona

    whoaaa.. not much of a fan of Mr. Durbin, but that is one kick-ass awesome photo… dude somehow everytime manages to surprise me.. nice job!

  • Grammie Kari

    That is an outstanding cover! James looks so good!

  • Leigh

    It’s very nice. And very safe.

  • sr4mjc

    That’s so metal! ;) Very emo actually and pretty safe. I expected crazier.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    A surprisingly understated cover. Yes, very safe and totally inoffensive.

    ETA:

    That’s so metal! ;)

    lol

  • Moria Polonius

    jpfan says:
    10/04/2011 at 11:53 pm

    Nice cover. One of the few from an Idol that’s actually something different.

    Well, if this ends up actually being a metal album, I agree that the cover is ~different, lol. Iron Maiden cover art it ain’t. But differnt from an Idol album cover how?

  • Pixie Baker

    So not a fan of James and his music but I LOVE this cover. well done!

  • luly

    That’s a really good picture of James.

  • koshka

    Well, if this ends up actually being a metal album, I agree that the cover is ~different, lol. Iron Maiden cover art it ain’t. But differnt from an Idol album cover how?

    Maybe it is a little more different for a DEBUT, but I wouldn’t go past that. Really nice cover though. For me it screams HAC rock. We’ll see though.

  • stargazed

    goboywonder says:
    10/05/2011 at 12:17 am

    There’s so much to read in his expression and body language. Bent, but determined. Kudos to the photographer.

    I couldn’t have said it better.

  • jpfan

    But differnt from an Idol album cover how?

    Most Idol album covers are glorified year book pictures. The Idols that try for something different usually come up with howlers.

    I’d find this intriguing even if I had no idea who James was (which I think is a good thing.) I’m not quite sure how having an album cover that turns people off is a good thing.

  • Chicagolaw

    Oh, that’s a very nice cover. But, it’s more “Daughtry” than hard rock. It is really safe. Not at all what I was expecting when James described it as “badass.”

    It is going to be very interesting to see what direction the album actually takes. My guess right now is that it will be standard HAC with a couple harder tracks thrown in—nothing wrong with that.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I like it. Sure, it’s not an original look, but it’s well done, and that’s often more important.

  • jpfan

    It reminds me a little of Cook’s album but I think it’s better done. Now if only the music is as good as the cover!

  • Q3

    Excellent photo — and I hope that there are many other great shots from this session.

    Set aside a nod to classic metal with the font choice, kind of reminiscent of David Cooks debut album. Should be an excellent package in retail.

    I think it was a wise choice.

  • Incipit

    That’s a better than expected debut album cover, IMO. Three quarter profile shots work well for James – surprised they haven’t done them before, instead of full-on shots that emphasize the ears. Nice background too – kinda like the colors on DavidC’s dual persona twitter page, which was the first thing it reminded me of. The lettering is very visible too.

    But David got a mostly black, white and red debut cover that was reminiscent of a serial killer – very Dexter – and released in the year of the eponymous albums. This may be Idol-safe, the edgiest thing about it is the hair …but it’s also nicely executed.

    It ought to work well for James, IMO.

  • aa618892

    I think it is just the colors that remind people of DC’s album. This isn’t bad. James’ lips look nice.

  • lucy

    Oh, that’s a very nice cover. But, it’s more “Daughtry” than hard rock. It is really safe. Not at all what I was expecting when James described it as “badass.”

    Well, given that he’s got a lot of Idol watchers in his fanbase, I think they kind of had to marry bad-ass with souvenir-picture-of-somebody-you-like on this one. Seems to me the cover does a fairly good job with that, actually. ….

    Much better than *Lauren’s* cover, to me, for example. That one doesn’t say “Lauren” to me a bit. It’s 1000 percent generic, whereas this one is just more-generic-than-some-would-like.

  • Pam

    Wow. I’m not really the audience that James is targeting but I’ve got to admit I like the cover. It really captures the essence of who James is as a person and a performer. Nicely done.

  • D

    Love it. The picture tells a thousand words, very intriguing. I also really like the jacket.

  • CanadianLady

    Ditto on not being his real audience but thinking this cover should work really well for him in many ways. And – er – I bought his ep yesterday.

  • Karalyn

    WOW! I absolutely love this cover. It’s very intriguing. If I were walking past this CD in a store I would stop to take a look at it, even if I didn’t know who James was. They did a very, very good job capturing the essence of James in that picture. Now let’s just hope there is room on the end caps for his CD with all the new releases that week.

  • johanna

    Great artwork, concept, and most important is extremely well executed. As someone said it earlier, a picture is worth a thousand words and this cover speaks loud and clear and have a moody feel that grabs your attention. It will be very crowded when James album comes out but this cover is a stand out. So far Wind Up is doing a heck of a good job with James.

  • Barometz02

    The album cover doesn’t matter. James is just not marketable. Take a few minutes to check out the current billboard chart. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/charts/hot-100
    You don’t see anyone that resembles James in the charts. There is no young hard rock solo artist enjoying commercial success in today’s music scene.

  • lcardimdasilva

    The album cover doesn’t matter. James is just not marketable. Take a few minutes to check out the current billboard chart. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/charts/hot-100
    You don’t see anyone that resembles James in the charts. There is no young hard rock solo artist enjoying commercial success in today’s music scene.

    Yeah, and this is sad. Just garbage music…

  • Reflections On Life

    Just love the photo and background! Never seen James look so interesting and intriguing.

    The western-style font for his name and the bull-horns symbol below the album title – both evoke association with country-western music or least southern-fried rock, neither of which is James’s leaning. So it’s misleading from a marketing perspective.

  • Montavilla

    I like the cover very much. It’s beautiful. The only thing is, it doesn’t read hard rock to me. It reads sensitive singer/songwriter.

    But maybe James wants to present his softer side visually. I don’t think the cover is going to scare away any fans. It might gain him some sales from people who would be put off by an aggressively hard rock cover.

  • Barometz02

    Yeah, and this is sad. Just garbage music…

    Most of real hard rock fans would call James’s music “garbage”. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=164019

  • Mtlfan

    Excellent album cover. I like his photo and the gothic font.
    I wish it does well

  • lcardimdasilva

    Most of real hard rock fans would call James’s music “garbage”. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=164019

    some of them are just closed mind metal fans, not average hard rock fans, and they would call the pop crp u lsiten a bigger garbage

  • ewolf.girl

    Gorgeous album cover, and yes it does remind me a bit of David Cook’s first album, albeit a bit more tastefully done (with the 3/4 profile and emo look). Well if James’ new song ‘Stand Up’ from the NFL soundtrack is any indication of what’s to come from this album, then I said it’s gonna be rockin! I agree that unfortunately metal or hard rock is not a very lucrative market to be in right now. (look who won Idol 10, Scotty & Lauren = country!) I doubt he’ll make a million bucks off this but I hope that he can have a successful musical career that pays the bills and lets him play small to medium rock venues across the U.S. James is a great cover artist; I’m looking forward to seeing some of his own personality/individuality in this album. Good luck, James!

  • miniglik

    Most of real hard rock fans would call James’s music “garbage”.

    It seems to me that most of the posters at Blabbermouth make a hobby of calling everything garbage. I’ve been amazed that Durbin has had a moderate amount of support there, where one would assume none would touch Idol with a ten foot pole.

    That said, let’s be real, this album isn’t going to be very metal. A couple of tracks, at most.

    I don’t care about cover art, but this seems okay, I guess? His scraggly facial hair is very unappealing to me, so it’s still sitting there, being unattractive. I do like the EP track, so I’m hoping for some good music on this album too.

  • koshka

    I like his photo and the gothic font.

    I think the photo is well done.. my issue with many of the idol debut covers is that they really need to have a good photo AND text treatment. They are not household names (especially the also rans) yet so they need both the visual recognition and readable text. Hopefully between the two, people recognize who they are by a quick scan on the endcap. Now it would have been better to have a more recognizable photo of james, but this is probably his best angle.. so they should have gone with a better text treatment, which they did not. Visually it looks great, but I take points back because the graphic artists didn’t think like marketers.

    Here is Lee’s cover:
    http://www.mjsbigblog.com/lee-dewyze-anounces-first-single-and-album-title-live-it-up.htm
    Good text treatment, bad photo in terms of visual recognition.

    Kris Allen (mj our image link is broken)
    http://www.amazon.com/Kris-Allen/dp/B0020MMDCY
    Ok picture & excellent text treatment

    Daughtry nails it in both areas.
    http://www.amazon.com/Daughtry/dp/B000IY04RC

    In the end, if the customer wants it, they’ll find it. I’m thinking impulse buyers. Best of luck to Durbin… he and the rest will need it in this current environment.

  • yellin

    “commercial success” or top 40 success isn’t the only kind of “success” in the music business. He could be big on our local rock radio stations (his sound is right up their alley) and if you read a lot of the comments on his fb pg and youtube vids/tweets to him etc, I think he will have a lot more cred then some may give him credit for. Wylde, Mars, Kennedy, Portnoy, BVB members, Halford, all give him credit, as do a lot of the harder music blogs and Brandon, the EIC for Revolver Mag. There are a ton of rock/hard rock/metal/alternative artists that are kickin’ a**, but they aren’t played on HAC/top 40 radio. Daughtry’s new single is #1 right now in Rock on iTunes. Guess we will have to wait and see, but I wish him lots of luck. He is very talented with lots of VERY talented people backing him and I bet he will put on a heck of a show!

  • SandyA

    LOVE James’ album cover!! I think it is absolutely perfect. It has a rock feel, a classic art taste, the photograph is very evocative and intriguing, but most especially, extremely professional looking. It’s simple, yet edgy…..difficult combination.

    Most of real hard rock fans would call James’s music “garbage”. http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=164019

    I frequent these sites (because I enjoy some heavier metal) and get the sense that the majority of posters who are trashing him and his music are only doing so for the mere reason that he was on Idol. That alone puts a black mark on everything he does from here on end with the followers of hardcore metal.

    To be fair….what original music has he even put out for them to judge and call “garbage”? Stand Up was specifically written to promote the NFL not James as an artist,so even this song can’t be judged artistically. The people that call themselves hardcore heavy metal listeners as a whole seem to find joy in berating others’ music, whether it is reasonable or not. For this reason, I don’t take any stock whatsoever in the majority opinions of hardcore metal folk and I hope James’ management team isn’t wasting their time on trying to gain their support.

  • koshka

    “commercial success” or top 40 success isn’t the only kind of “success” in the music business. He could be big on our local rock radio stations (his sound is right up their alley) and if you read a lot of the comments on his fb pg and youtube vids/tweets to him etc, I think he will have a lot more cred then some may give him credit for.

    I absolutely agree. Taylor Hicks isn’t my type of artist, but I think if you ask him if he is a success, he’d say yes. I think Taylor is doing things on his terms, so he is happy, which makes him a success in my terms.

    Now with regards to Durbin and his acceptance by people who like rock… well we’ll have to see what he has on his album. If it is a mixture of HAC rock and metal, that’ll be a harder sell to the purists. Having endorsements doesn’t mean much in the short term. They are contacts he can use in the immediate and future. Idols get endorsements every year. I’m not that sure how much impact that makes to the listening audience. I haven’t seen any one of these types of endorsements make a huge impact. I think its just one more small paving stone on a very long path to audience acceptance.

  • InLaLaLand

    I love this album cover, great picture. James tweeted this album will be a cross between My Chemical Romance and Aerosmith. The cover reflects that in the way he looks and the font style. James likes and sings other genres of music, won a country idol contest in 2009, sang R&B, was in musicals and likes 80s metal and rock, so of course the metal purist of now won’t like him. Rock and metal musicians make their money off of touring. You don’t hear 30 Seconds to Mars much on mainstream radio but they’ve been touring to sold out crowds for around 2 years now. I’m eager to see how the Blink182/My Chemical Romance tour sells.

  • shooby1213

    I think James’s will surprise us with sales…Hes got some great backers..I cant wait to get the CD

  • Elliegrll

    The album cover doesn’t matter. James is just not marketable. Take a few minutes to check out the current billboard chart. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/charts/hot-100
    You don’t see anyone that resembles James in the charts. There is no young hard rock solo artist enjoying commercial success in today’s music scene.

    Not filling up the BB top 100 hasn’t stopped these types of acts from making music, making a lot of money from touring, or kept their songs from being used to market a whole range of products. This style of music not being one that’s mainstream is not something that should keep James from producing the type of music that he’s passionate about.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think James’s will surprise us with sales…Hes got some great backers..I cant wait to get the CD

    So what do you think James’ first week sales/total sales will be?

  • Trina

    There are plenty of Idols who are making a nice living and aren’t all over the Hot 100. Look at Taylor and Mandisa for example. Those fans at Blabbermouth may want to wait until James actually, uh releases music before calling it garbage. I don’t view Stand Up or Idol covers as HIS music.

    Sidenote just read Heidi’s blog about their upcoming Disney trip. How adorable! James will likely never be a huge star but I bet he’s thrilled he can now help give his son special stuff like this. He’s certainly better off now than he was before.

  • Incipit

    some of them are just closed mind metal fans,

    - with a reading comprehension problem. Heh.

    Stand Up was specifically written to promote the NFL not James as an artist,

    Yes. Even the person who wrote the article chose to overlook that – as did most (but not all) of the commenters. But, the thing got hits, in a commercial sort of way, with this misdirection – ironic, isn’t it?

    They haven’t heard the album, we haven’t heard the album….but I doubt ‘radio friendly’ is the direction. Maybe it will have only a few cool tracks, IDK – but there’s a collective rush to snap judgement w/no facts in evidence that rather negates those comments…and sadly, that sort of thing is not exclusive to the metal or hard rock world.

    But the cover is very fine. IMO. Of Course.

  • Anmor

    The album cover is beautiful but too “posed.” The hair looks great but it also looks like some stylist put every hair in place. It doesn’t represent the spontaneity and enthusiasm of James’ performances and personality.

  • Tess

    I still like the old days where rock album covers were graphic pictures (via Pink Floyd) and didn’t show the artist(s). All I have to say for James cover is “oh my”.

  • Desdemona

    It doesn’t represent the spontaneity and enthusiasm of James’ performances and personality.

    But it does reflect the title of the album, which seems to be what he was going for with the pose, expression, etc.

  • Desdemona

    All I have to say for James cover is “oh my”.

    Me too! Oh, my, James you look HOT! :)

  • larc

    The goal for this type of album cover seems to be the scroungier and more unkempt looking, the better. Apparently, the last thing any of them would ever want to do is look their best. I don’t know whether that says more about the artists or those who buy their albums. But when you really stop to think about it, people believing they need to look like bums in order to appeal to their buyers is a little insulting. ;)

  • adolf_hipster

    It’s alright. Not great, not bad. He looks very emo for a hard rock/metal album. I really don’t like the font or background though.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    I’ll admit that this isn’t what I expected, I was also expecting a typical hard rock/metal cover (skulls, flames, ect.) but after thinking about this pic (after staring at it for a while) I think I understand why they didn’t go for that look:

    Now this is a very clever marketing ploy. This kind of CD cover sends out all sorts of messages on a sub conscious level, because it is very wide open to interpretation. You don’t know what to think because it implies so many things.

    The first thing that will grab the general customer browsing through the CD racks is the font. It is large, distinctive and therefore very eye catching, it will definitely get noticed.

    Then there’s the pic of James which is very intriguing. It’s indeed a beautiful and appearance flattering pic. I don’t find that strong a connection to David Cook’s first album cover TBH cause I get a totally different vibe from Cook’s cover. Cook’s cover appears to have gone for a similar concept but James’ cover clearly perfects that concept and makes Cook’s cover look like a cheap imitation.

    Actually I get almost the same vibe from James’ album pic as I do from this pic: http://cdn.screenrant.com/wp-content/uploads/Black-Swan-movie-poster.jpg because the look in James eyes is very similar. It’s is very intense, I see deep concentration, some lament, guilt, grief, anguish and even a hint of disturbance. He looks kinda pissed off and like he’s about to lash out at any second.

    The use of colour & texture add to dark & mysterious vibe. No the pic doesn’t scream “hard rocking metal” but IMO it doesn’t scream “fluffy soft rock” either. I don’t think this album cover gives any hint at all regarding genre which will make the general customer wonder what it’s about and what it sounds like. It gives off this impression that there’s something hidden beneath the surface and the only way to find out is to listen.

    And the title is intriguing and thought provoking.

    The photographer & graphic artist did an amazing job and it really is one of the best AI alum album covers I’ve ever seen.

  • Avari

    For me, it ain’t that deep. :-) I like the photo, I like the stylized gothic font. I think it’s a fine album cover, and will entice people to pick up the CD rather than not. I don’t think his sales will be staggering, but I do think they will be fine for a debuting artist in this genre.

    I’ve never bought into the argument that so-and-so isn’t marketable because there is no one else like them right now enjoying commercial success. I tend to think that is more of an opportunity rather than an obstacle, particularly for someone coming off of AI.

  • Trina

    larc did you see James’ horrendous tour attire? Considering his wardrobe mostly consists of band shirts that jacket he’s wearing for the cover looks high end considering his normal style lol

  • Quaribea

    It’s the best done Idol cover I’ve seen (granted I haven’t made a study of all of them.) But this actually looks professionally done, artistic and intriguing. I like it a lot.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    did you see James’ horrendous tour attire? Considering his wardrobe mostly consists of band shirts that jacket he’s wearing for the cover looks high end considering his normal style lol

    lol It does. James’ tour wardrobe seemed to be his own hybrid of “rock star/pro wrestler”.

  • johanna

    rina says:
    10/05/2011 at 12:50 pm

    larc did you see James’ horrendous tour attire? Considering his wardrobe mostly consists of band shirts that jacket he’s wearing for the cover looks high end considering his normal style lol

    I guess that you are not a fan of Gun N Roses LOL, as far as horrendous attire, I think the Axl Rose take the palm and that did not stop them from success and touring worldwide.

  • SandyA

    I don’t think this album cover gives any hint at all regarding genre which will make the general customer wonder what it’s about and what it sounds like. It gives off this impression that there’s something hidden beneath the surface and the only way to find out is to listen.

    I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. I believe this cover will intrigue a much wider range of audience than if he had some typical headbanger artwork (ie skulls, hellfire, gothic crosses, etc…). The last thing I would want to do as a new artist is immediately limit my buying audience b/c they have a preconceived notion of what’s inside. It is a spectacular marketing move.

    did you see James’ horrendous tour attire?

    To each his own. I thought it rather cool. Lauren’s tutu wardrobe, on the other hand, is what I consider “horrendous”.

  • djafan

    James Durbin album cover has pulled me in lol I’m a huge David Archuleta fan and have not always been 100% pleased with choice of album covers but that doesn’t stop me from buying because I know the voice.

    I don’t know much about Durbin except what I read here and I’m familiar with his conditions but this cover got me curious to maybe check out what he has to offer. No other idol has done that for me, well except for David A. So I think for non fans the album cover has to grab you.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    Most of real hard rock fans would call James’s music “garbage”.

    @DurbinRock James Durbin
    Thank you Revolver Magazine, for being so stoked on officially releasing my albm art! revolvermag.com/?p=23761 ENJOY, you beautiful disasters!:)

    @BrandonGeist Brandon Geist
    @LeslieAppling thx for “giving metal a chance.” We love @DurbinRock over at Revolver–he’s done a lot for REAL rock music!

    @DurbinRock James Durbin
    @BrandonGeist thank you Brandon! I really really appreciate it!!!

  • Trina

    I’m actually a big GnR fan, but hey I don’t judge music based on fashion choices! I only brought up James’ since looking messy on album covers was mentioned. IMO he looks more stylized than normal. The fact that I’m seeing so many fans saying “not what I was expecting” makes me think some (as well as myself) weren’t expecting this type of overall look especially since James described the cover as badass.

  • OffLeash

    What a beautiful cover. Very artistic and professional.

    I believe this cover will intrigue a much wider range of audience than if he had some typical headbanger artwork (ie skulls, hellfire, gothic crosses, etc…). The last thing I would want to do as a new artist is immediately limit my buying audience b/c they have a preconceived notion of what’s inside. It is a spectacular marketing move.

    I totally agree with your statement, SandyA. And the overwhelmingly positive response he’s been getting confirms it. Wind Up sure seems like the perfect label for James! Very nicely done!

  • Sumer

    Doesn’t look like a metal cover at all. I think he is a poseur but that’s just me.

  • katielynne

    The album cover photo is flattering but very much photo shopped to make James look thin, which he is not. It also makes him better looking than he is in real life and covers his flaws. To me it doesn’t appeal to somebody that would purchase either hard rock or metal rock music, more of a pop rock album.

  • http://durbnet.wordpress.com/ DurbNet

    Doesn’t look like a metal cover at all. I think he is a poseur but that’s just me.

    I suppose this is poseur too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rob_Zombie_Educated_Horses.jpg

  • justshootme

    I don’t think Durbin’s cover and Rob Zombie’s are similar at all. Other than they both have images of the artists with serious expressions. Not the same feel artistically to me at all. Jmo ofc.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think Durbin’s cover and Rob Zombie’s are similar at all. Other than they both have images of the artists with serious expressions. Not the same feel artistically to me at all. Jmo ofc.

    I agree. The artistic treatment is entirely different.

  • Ringo

    I’m trying to keep it positive by not commenting on Durbs, Scotty and Lauren news, but . . . here goes.
    I am taken aback by the cover a bit. I can see why someone might find the cover misleading because it evokes an emo-esque, sensitive artist, which I don’t think Durbs is. In this photograph, he comes across more like Lukas Ross here than Rob Zombie. I also think Memories of a Beautiful Disaster sounds clunky and redundant. (Kind of like: “No, let’s call it “Memories of Exile on Main Street.”) I would have gone with a simpler Beautiful Disaster.

  • yellin

    The album cover photo is flattering but very much photo shopped to make James look thin, which he is not. It also makes him better looking than he is in real life and covers his flaws. To me it doesn’t appeal to somebody that would purchase either hard rock or metal rock music, more of a pop rock album.

    Met him, and this is exactly how he looked. He has a very striking profile.

  • Incipit

    I would have gone with a simpler Beautiful Disaster.

    But then James would have been excoriated for pinching the title from either Kelly Clarkson’s song, or the Jon Mclaughlin track, or copying it from the Maryland band of the same name…probably not a good thing.

    Just a thought

  • http://MJO judes

    Barometz02 says:

    10/05/2011 at 10:00 am

    The album cover doesn’t matter. James is just not marketable. Take a few minutes to check out the current billboard chart. http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100#/charts/hot-100
    You don’t see anyone that resembles James in the charts. There is no young hard rock solo artist enjoying commercial success in today’s music scene.

    This is exactly why its good to have someone like James in the market because he’s not another Pop wannabe- its refreshing. I really like the album cover & think it will appeal to a wider audience than if he had gone with a the stereotype metal cover.
    Can’t wait to hear the music -I am sure I won’t be disappointed.

  • hf227

    Personally I like this cover. I have always though James was artistic … did you see his guitar and the various drawings tweeted by his AI family, while they were on tour ? He also has written music for his previous band. I think James in kind of a conundrum… on one hand, as a another poster mentioned , “there is the spontaneity and enthusiasm of James’ performances and personality”. On the other, especially when he is not performing or goofing around, he often seems intense, sad and a little vulnerable. I think this picture shows that side of James, which might be fitting as he said the album was about events in his life… and in his short life it sounds like he has had more than his share of hardships.

  • Sumer

    In all seriousness, who cares what the cover looks like. Even if if is a photoshopped, gut removed so it no longer hangs way over the too small pants, thinner version of who someone really is. You don’t go on Itunes and buy music based on the cover art after all. You buy based on the music. And James is supposed to be some big metal guy right? Now he’s soft rock? Glam rock too? Or so he says. For this, lots of laughs on that one, and yes, the title is feminine and there is nothing metal about it.

    Like I said, he’s a poseur as he isn ‘t staying true to his entire give metal a chance spew from back on Idol with this cover, and in the end the music won’t resemble metal at all. And the glam rock description he gives himself is a sell out as well. Oh well.

  • 50diamonds

    I find a couple things interesting about this cover. First, there is a little bit of blue behind him and then nothing. It feels very symbolic. The cover seems to represent the meaning of the album title – the painful past, but finding beauty in the pain. And yeah, kind of emo-ish – I’m intrigued.

    The other is that I find it hilarious that this serious image of James was taken the same day as the loopy fun photobooth shots that were posted here in August. Talk about two sides of James – lol.

    And slightly off-topic. James has picked up Tyno Molinaro of Dirty Penny as his bassist – speaking of smokin hot! LOL!

  • SandyA

    You buy based on the music. And James is supposed to be some big metal guy right? Now he’s soft rock? Glam rock too? Or so he says. For this, lots of laughs on that one, and yes, the title is feminine and there is nothing metal about it.

    Like I said, he’s a poseur as he isn ‘t staying true to his entire give metal a chance spew from back on Idol with this cover, and in the end the music won’t resemble metal at all.

    Sigh. This is exactly the type of discussion found on those metalhead sites that drives me absolutely bonkers. Intelligent opinions are not shared but posts are usually nothing more than ugly nonsensical bashing sessions.

    With all due respect…and this is a point I raised earlier…….how can you form any opinion whatsoever of whether he’s a “poseur” or not without hearing one teeny tiny note of original music that’s wholly his (and not a promotional tool)?

  • Ringo

    This is exactly the type of discussion found on those metalhead sites

    LOL. I don’t know if I am intrigued or repulsed by the thought of a metalhead discussion site.

  • iluvai

    I just love the cover. It’s so good. I hope James delivers the music to go with it. I think he will.

  • slowner168

    For loyal fans, it really doesn’t matter how good the album cover looks. They’ll buy anything James has to offer. Album covers matter only to attract potential fans or those who has had the wait-and-see attitude toward James. Based on the comments on this thread. This album cover seems to have pulled some, if not a lot, in. So good job to James and his team!

    Lastly and more importantly, what this album covers indicates to me is that there were a lot of thoughts put into it. So much emotion was said in that one album cover, the amount of details in that cover, and its sophistication to accomplish that were simply amazing. It may be an indication of the type of quality that was demanded on the upcoming album. For that, I’m excited about!

  • Indigobunting

    Very nice!

    Looking forward to the album

  • kurst

    nice cover but what i want is on the album