Crystal Bowersox Unveils Her Album Cover!

The Crystal Bowersox debut album, Farmer’s Daughter drops on December 14. Crystal tweeted a photo of the album cover this afternoon. Do you like it?

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I love the photo, not so crazy about the font or the lettering. The plastic bunny and deer are an interesting touch. I bet they belong to Crystal.  Notice the Christmas lights strung along the ceiling? (click on the photo for a larger image.)

Crystal says the pitbull is the landowners dog, “she jumped up there with me and we were just chillin.”

Listen to lengthy streams of her single “Hold On” and her original song, “Farmer’s Daughter” HERE.

Crystal tweets that there will be 12 tracks on the album, including 2 covers that include her single “Hold On” written by Kara DioGuardi/Chad Kroeger and the classic 60’s anti-war anthem “For What it’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield.

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115 Comments

  1. Mateja:
    11/08/2010 at 3:38 pm
    What are those things in bottom right corner?!

    haha looks like an antelope and a catelope

    Nice cover..definatly fits the folky/country vibe of Hold On and FD so far.

  2. Not a fan at all, didn’t like the picture nor the other graphic elements they added.

  3. Mateja: What are those things in bottom right corner?!

    One of them looks like a toy goat or a baby reindeer. The other one that’s facing sideways kind of looks like a cat with horns LOL.

    The cover’s very Crystal and I bet the accessories are significant to her. It’s kind of white trash (NOT that I think Crystal is, I think that’s the look they went for) except for the superimposed border which makes no sense.

    I like the photo aspect of the cover because it’s interesting and kind of in your face and unpretentious. But if the whole album’s as polished as the 2 clips sound it’s not the right cover.

  4. This pic says country to me. I think I prefer her twitter profile pic. But on a positive note, it does represent her.

  5. OOOH, I love it. It’s so Crystal. It is exactly what I was expecting, with the exception of “those things” in the front right corner, they are funny – lulz-worthy. :lol:

  6. Interesting.. at least she is looking at the camera which is my usual beef with AI album covers. Good though.

    The text treatment stinks. Jive needs to stop being so creative with their fonts. *See Allison’s cover.

  7. This pic screams COUNTRY to me. I think I prefer her twitter profile pic.

    That sums up what I felt when I saw it.

  8. I always like pictures with dogs in it, so I give it a thumbs up! I think it would have benefitted from some cropping, though, and Crystal’s image being brought a little more to the forefront. She has a pretty face and I’d like to see it more. Plus, we don’t really need those doo-hickeys in the lower right corner!

  9. Well, I think she’s beaten Adam in the “That’s Not What I Expected an Idol’s Album Cover to Look Like” Sweepstakes. Wowza.

    That said, she looks great. Love a girl in buffalo checks.

  10. I love it.
    The album cover conveys the kind of album that I would expect from Crystal if she had complete control over the album, which is not something overly produced as we heard in the samples, but more of raw and understated sound along the lines of Ray Lamontagne. Of course I know that the chances of that happening under a major label like Jive is slim to none. It’s just how they operate.

    Although I prefer the stripped down FD I still like the new version, but to me the album cover doesn’t match up to the sound that I’m hearing so far. Also there’s this tweet from David Bendeth just a little while ago:

    David Bendeth: the record is not even mastered, the record is still being mixed. The cake is still in the oven. Don’t believe everything you hear. :-)

    Interesting, I can’t wait to hear the actual album. I am trying to reserve judgement until then and will hold out hope that the rest of the album isn’t so overly produced.

  11. If she’s going for the country audience, then she hit the mark with this album cover.

  12. That seems targeted to the country market. Not sure what’s up with the plastic animals though :)

  13. Gonna be an interesting cover (like Crystal). Raw, unexpected. Lots of stuff to figure out. Why the “jackalope”?, why the dog? why the number 3? Christmas lights?, sunflowers in the border?

    Represents a poor farm. The ?reindeer? kinda reminds me of Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys. (Crystal said she always felt kind of out of place – being bullied and such)

    I think it will be a classic.

  14. I actually kinda love it. I hope the music fits it; I think it fits her beautifully.

    (Cute Pittie, too!)

  15. Hope the album sounds more like the cover looks than the demo tracks we’ve been given.

    Yep, that’s what I was thinking, too.

  16. Well, I think she’s beaten Adam in the “That’s Not What I Expected an Idol’s Album Cover to Look Like” Sweepstakes. Wowza.

    Really? I don’t think it’s that odd. It’s Crystal looking like Crystal. It’s a fairly typical album cover with some of her personality interjected.

    I think Adam is still winning with Blake a distant runner-up.

    Of course, I always like to pretend to know what the artist is thinking/conveying with the album cover:

    Top 10 things Crystal is Thinking
    ———————————-

    10. Who is this dog and does it bite?

    9. Why would you ever do that to a cat?

    8. This is the bed Jive chained me to until I agreed to release an album this year.

    7. Wow. This place is a dump. I knew Jive was cheap, but this is a bit much.

    6. I hope Jive springs for better hotel rooms.

    5. Is that thing a bird cage? Is it a lamp? Is it some weird attempt at BoHo chic from Potter Barn?

    4. If that dude behind the camera tells me to smile one more time, I’m going to clock him.

    3. This is where the Aliens left me after they sucked out my brain (see Kris’s album cover for the “Before the Alien Brain Sucking” shot.

    2. This is actually a 5 star resort. They just put all this crap on the porch and boarded up the windows at some lame attempt at “hippie”.

    1. They wanted us to sit on this “couch” without the cushion, but the dog’s agent refused permission so they scrounged up this dodgy cushion (don’t worry, the dog’s agent also made sure the cushion was flea free).

  17. Best cover ever for a post-Idol debut. Finally something that shows a little character and originality outside of the close-up shot with generic typography.

  18. The pitbull was the landowners dog.. she jumped up there with me and we were just chillin.

    Ha. That’s so Crystal.

    Though, the girl has to stop ruining my lists.

  19. My first impression is that it’s the kind of cover for a country artist and that it looks like the cover of a decades-old LP cover, especially with the font that they have used. A real throwback, just like Crystal. It’s conveying the “dirt poor farmers” kind of vibe to me. To be honest, I can’t say that I really like it, but it’s unusual, and the main thing is the music on the album.

  20. It is so Crystal… totally her… great. The tweet from DB provides a ray of hope for the CD to still be amazing. The samples were a little disappointing… at first.

  21. I luv the cover! I am glad to see that Crystal still looks like herself even though she doesn’t sound like herself. I hope DB is right and it gets better than what we have heard so far! Crystal knows what her fans like…I hope DB gets on board too!

  22. I like it. I used to look at album covers over and over again when I was growing up – looked at every little nuance/detail, read all the words. Lately, they are all boring – just a photo of the person’s face. Nothing interesting. At least this one is interesting. Dog looks just like my in law’s dog, Sheena.

  23. Haha, I love it. Very interesting. It really looks like something she thought up herself.

  24. Not feeling it. Seems like Crystal is being swallowed by the rest of the picture.

  25. Overall I like it but it would have made more sense to have a guitar next to her rather than some dude’s dog. Especially a dog wearing a bandana. I’m just not a fan of dressing up animals.

  26. Overall I like it but it would have made more sense to have a guitar next to her rather than some dude’s dog. Especially a dog wearing a bandana. I’m just not a fan of dressing up animals.

    Dogs are a part of every farm, a guitar isn´t. I´d hardly call that “dressing” up an animal, just as a collar is hardly a “belt” in the conventional sense

  27. I am glad to see that Crystal still looks like herself even though she doesn’t sound like herself. I hope DB is right and it gets better than what we have heard so far!

    I think that Crystal sounds very different on HO, but I really like the new rendition of FD and think that she sounds like herself on this song. On HO, I feel that there’s an echo effect that they have added and I’m not a fan of the layered vocals or overproduction. Like many others have commented, HO seems like a Breakaway-esque kind of song and arrangement. I’m not sure which song would be the more popular single, but personally, I like FD a lot better than HO.

  28. It seems very Country to me – and I don’t think that’s the target audience Jive has in mind. Otherwise, it’s very Crystal.

    And, could she stop calling Hold On a cover. It’s not. Really starting to bug me that Crystal insists on calling it that.

  29. Someone should get the folks at Jive a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

    Like the cover otherwise. Not crazy about the production on the songs, but her version of “Hold On” is a thousand times better than Kara’s. Would much prefer an acoustic album, but I get that isn’t going to work commercially.

    Good luck, Crystal!

  30. Well if she was going for the country bumpkin look then she accomplished it.

  31. Are they really not planning to fix the grammar in “Farmers Daughter”??? If it really is supposed to be plural, it could at least be “Farmers, Daughter” (although possessive “Farmer’s Daughter” would make so much more sense). I understand that maybe this is a song she wrote long ago and the error was in the original and she wants to keep it but come on, you have a marketing team now. You don’t want the first thing people say about your album to be “hey, aren’t you missing an apostrophe?”

  32. Well, I am one who doesn’t like it. She has her defensive “bitch”/”in your face” look on as usual…does she ever have a picture where the smile reaches her eyes? And it all looks so low class/white trash as someone already pointed out. Not how I expected her to present herself. So good luck with that :)

  33. I don’t think that looks like a country album cover — a least not any of the big selling contemporary country albums.

    More like a retro Folk Rock or Bluegrass cover. Vaguely reminds me of the late 60’s and early 70’s. If that is what they want to communicate, they probably achieved their goal.

    My only objection is that it will make a very ineffective CD cover and not work well in retail. These kind of covers pretty much vanished when music switched to small format packaging. Small image, brown dominates and the font is just too hard to read.

  34. Totally, Q3. My instant first thought was: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Perfect for Crystal, and I hope her music is an extension of that vibe.

    However, I am annoyed at the grammar. Where is the apostrophe in Farmer’s??

  35. Cinemaniac, that’s the very first thing that popped into my head, too. I’m kind of a grammar-fanatic, and that apostrophe omission just bugs the heck out of me!

    I really like the picture a lot. It’s a cool pic, but I don’t like it for an album cover. For her first album, I really think her face/head shot should be more prominent.

    I was hoping they would use her Twitter avatar pic for the front of the CD – that one is lovely.

  36. Someone should get the folks at Jive a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

    So true! Usually, it grates my nerves when people add apostrophes incorrectly, but in this case, it’s grating to me because they clearly NEED one.

    Beyond that, this cover does slightly read “country”, but really more “throwback”. I like it, and appreciate the nutty little accents. It looks like one of those sketchy houses on the outskirts of town, the ones on the gravel roads. Don’t stay there past dark, Crystal!

    ETA: At least it doesn’t look like Kelly Clarkson’s single photo for “My Life Would Suck Without You”! Oy vey, that was sickeningly sweet and tacky.

  37. Q3-ITA. This doesn’t look country to me, at least not the modern country music scene of today. It has that old retro hippie vibe that would fit the acoustic Crystal that I wanted to hear from this album. We’ve only heard two songs so far, so maybe there is still hope that some of the songs will be more stripped down so Crystal’s pure voice can shine through.
    This cover is kind of cool, but it doesn’t fit the two songs we’ve heard so far.
    This might have made a better album cover back when records had large covers-there were lots of interesting ones back in the day. Since it’s just going to be a small CD cover, I would have left out the lawn ornament animals and the birdbath so it wouldn’t look cluttered. The dog can stay though. :)

  38. My only objection is that it will make a very ineffective CD cover and not work well in retail. These kind of covers pretty much vanished when music switched to small format packaging. Small image, brown dominates and the font is just too hard to read.

    I think the cover needs to work as an overall composition as well as having details that add character and context, so that it works on different scales, both large and small.

    IMO it would work better as a composition for a CD cover if the dog wasn’t in it – or at least wasn’t in that position – at present the eye goes first towards the (close to) centre light spot ie the dog and splits the attention away from Crystal. Its light color also makes Crystal herself become closer to the background colors.

    Of course the dog adds character, but IMHO a more complementary positioning would help focus attention on Crystal herself (a quick finger over the dog may help show you what I mean!) It would also help it work on a smaller scale.

  39. I think I get where they are going with the throwback feel, the hippie 60s, flowery type scrolling on the edges, the junk yard type stuff out on the porch. The one animal looks like a lawn ornament and the other an old Rudolph left out all year long. Reminds me of some old neighborhoods I remember as a kid, Christmas lights up year round, usually hanging down. It would probably look much better on vinyl but on a cd the font will be tiny. And the missing apostrophe is bugging me. Is she or Jive trying to imply poor people or people from a farm can’t have good grammar? I don’t get that choice.

    Other than that it’s cool. It does throw a folk/country vibe.

  40. I really like the album cover…not sure how it will work on 6×5 CD case: the size shown when you blow up MJs picture above.

    And as far as the grammer…hell, tell me that there is a word spelled Whataya like on Adam’s single. I don’t think the lack of an apostrophe is going to be even noticed by most peeps…and if it is noticed no one is going to think about it.

    Album covers should reflect something…at least this one does instead of a typical head shot that gives no insight into the person who is being photographed.

    And as far as following graphic rules of presentation…I say bah humbug. I’n just enjoying the picture for the picture and its content and could care less about composition.

    I’ll give kudos to Crystal for this one.

  41. I actually kinda love it. I hope the music fits it; I think it fits her beautifully.

    Me, too. Much nicer than most Idol covers; it seems to actually have something to do with who she is.

  42. I love the cover! Crystal is beautiful! Love the dog, too!

  43. It doesn’t look country to me.

    It’s a decent cover. It suits her.

    Though I disagree with her about the Kara/Chad co-write being a cover. The other song is a cover.

  44. I like it. I haven’t purchased a cd for the album cover since the 70’s.

  45. I love the cover–perfect for Crystal. As for “apostrophe-gate,” James Joyce left off the apostrophe from the title of his last masterpiece Finnegans Wake for a very complex, well thought-out reason. No doubt Jive did too… maybe not.

  46. I like it. Vintage is hot right now.

    My only complaint is with the photographer’s composition. The overturned planter should be facing another direction and the bunny and deer looked staged…and not in a good way. The typeface is a hip font now, too, so that’s good but they should have included the punctuation. I love the Christmas lights and the floral brushwork at the top of the photo. The graphic artist did a better job than the photographer.

    Crystal looks good, too, but a hint of a smile would have been nice.

  47. I love dogs I have 3 of them. I hate Pitbulls, so I hate that part of the cover. Anyother breed would have fit better in my opinion. The cover looks really country, in fact I thought her songs sounded really country and I say that as a good thing. Well at least the cover will stand out on the shelves. The font is pretty, would have liked more space between her name and the title tho. I dont mind the missing apostrophe, infact I am not sure it is approprate (sp) for the way the title is written. JMO. I am just wondering what she is going for, pop,country,or other styles.

  48. I absolutely love the cover. I think it is very true to what Crystal is about. Now…the music, not so much. I can’t stand the supposed new single, and the production on Farmer’s Daughter is also not a great fit for her. I realize its a tough sell to make Crystal’s stuff highly commercial. Heck, it might not even be possible. But I think, in Jive, they’ve got the wrong folks for the job. Well, at least they got the cover right. Sigh.

  49. I love the album cover! I find it to be very interesting, with so many intricate details to ponder over.

    In terms of the dog, I think Crystal said it belongs to the owner of the house, not her.

    The cover certainly depicts where Crystal came from. She has said she grew up very poor, with a very rough childhood. Yet she’s at peace with that now, and a lot of her songs reflect stories about where she’s come from.

    To me, this album cover invites the listener into her life, to listen to the stories, and figure out how all of the pieces fit together. Brilliant!

  50. I love it. It’s very Crystal.

    I’ve been pissed all day at the treatment of FD. What a shame!

  51. I’ve been pissed all day at the treatment of FD. What a shame!

    So were a lot of people… but never fear, crystal just tweeted this:

    @crystalbowersox: Clean versions are going on the actual CD so evrybdy’s happy.. but never fear!! You can have all of the original versions too! Stay tuned…

    Yayyy! Along with David Bendeth’s tweet I think there’s gonna be major changes on the final track listing on both FD and HO (wishful thinking but can we pls throw this one out! :) ). I wonder what she means by originals? Is there going to be a 2nd CD in the works with all her original recordings, a bootleg CD? Is it coming soon maybe a Deluxe edition Double CD with this same release? Or is she recording an acoustic / live album already? So many possibilites here… This is exciting stuff :)

    Regarding the apostrophe missing, they have already identified it in Crystal Camp, Brian Walker has said that it is “Farmer’s Daughter”. So I am guessing this is a typo, guess Jive has excellent proofreaders lol.

    Love the photogragh, the sepian tone. its very organic and natural. Dont like the lettering or font even the title on the cover. Also remove border graphics, looks very kiddy. Can’t we just have the picture as the cover only. I think that would be much better.

  52. Well, for all of the people pointing out the lack of an apostrophe, no one has mentioned the other error they make not once, but 4 times…no capitalization :-P So yeah, I’m kinda surprised they’d leave the apostrophe off, but if we can trade a grammatical error for production and instrumentation that fits Crystal’s style better, I’d be ok with it. Lol.

    David Bendeth: the record is not even mastered, the record is still being mixed. The cake is still in the oven. Don’t believe everything you hear.

    This confuses me. I thought we’d been hearing frequent updates about how many tracks had been mixed, produced, whatever, and I thought the number the last I’d heard was up to 11? Do they mix the whole thing twice? I’d think the clock would be about run out on production and soon it’d be time to get the CDs actually physically made. How much more really could be changed?

  53. Yayyy! Along with David Bendeth’s tweet I think there’s gonna be major changes on the final track listing on both FD and HO (wishful thinking but can we pls throw this one out! ). I wonder what she means by originals? Is there going to be a 2nd CD in the works with all her original recordings, a bootleg CD? Is it coming soon maybe a Deluxe edition Double CD with this same release? Or is she recording an acoustic / live album already? So many possibilites here… This is exciting stuff

    Maybe…

    Option for a 2 CD album, which would include the studio versions of her originals that would be something like what we’ve heard with Farmer’s Daughter plus the cover, co-writes, and Kara/Kroeger single. Then the 2nd CD would be recordings of Crystal’s 8 originals, recorded with just Crystal’s voice and guitar, Frankie on acoustic bass, and drums. Remember, Frankie was in the studio with an acoustic bass at one point…

    ETA – Obviously this is just a shot in the dark but that’s the sort of thing it sounds like. But I would also think production costs of doing something like that would be awfully high compared to a regular album with 1 disc.

    Maybe with purchase of the CD the originals would be available for download in an acoustic format like I’d said. No additional costs for making a special 2 disc album.

  54. My only objection is that it will make a very ineffective CD cover and not work well in retail. These kind of covers pretty much vanished when music switched to small format packaging. Small image, brown dominates and the font is just too hard to read.

    What is this ‘retail’ of which you speak?

    I forget that some people actually still buy physical CDs instead of just going to iTunes. But it’s fewer and fewer people with every passing day so covers don’t mean what they once did.

    This looks like the cover to the album Crystal always dreamed of making. Except no one buys that kind of music anymore, so the actual music won’t match the cover.

  55. hm, i like the cover, very interesting, laidback, a bit country-ish (?) but so crystal.. although if given a choice, i prefer her twitter avatar to be her album cover, where her beautiful face was front and center ;)

  56. I forget that some people actually still buy physical CDs instead of just going to iTunes. But it’s fewer and fewer people with every passing day so covers don’t mean what they once did.

    *raises hand* I’ve bought only one song on iTunes (Crystal’s single). I’ve gone as far as to order CDs through Amazon so yeah, I “buy music online” but I’d much rather have the album in my hands even though it’s going to end up on my computer and my iPod. Just a weird personal preference. And it’s not that I’m old or anything, lol. I buy all kinds of stuff online but I really would just rather have a physical CD.

    ETA – Haven’t said it yet – I love the cover. I was late to the party today so when scrolling down to the thread with the clips of HO and FD, I saw the cover first and it really gave me quite the high until I heard the clips, which don’t match the look of the album cover.

    Although I’ll say this much – I didn’t feel Lee’s single sounded like it fit his album cover or single cover. Turned out his single really seemed to me to be the oddball, so maybe there’s some glimmer of hope here.

  57. Don’t know the context of Crystal’s tweet. Couldn’t “clean’ just refer to the f-bomb on farmers (r’s) daughter and s-bombs on Kiss Ya?

  58. It fits her. Very 70’s singer songwriter, which suits her Folk/Americana throwback style.

  59. Don’t know the context of Crystal’s tweet. Couldn’t “clean’ just refer to the f-bomb on farmers (r’s) daughter and s-bombs on Kiss Ya?

    That’s how I interpreted it as well.

  60. Don’t know the context of Crystal’s tweet. Couldn’t “clean’ just refer to the f-bomb on farmers (r’s) daughter and s-bombs on Kiss Ya?

    Probably, although she says something about “having the original versions too.” Who knows what that means – would they really release “explicit” versions? Lol.

    Which reminds me, I still don’t understand how some radio stations apparently get away with playing explicit versions of songs. I’m sure they wouldn’t want her dropping the bombs if they’re going to send a song to radio, but one of my local stations plays Pink Floyd’s Money all the time and NEVER bleeps “bullshit.” Ever. Doesn’t matter what time of day – I heard it this evening before 7 PM. Are they getting fined every time, or do they just not enforce this sort of thing any more, unless it’d be like Ce-Lo’s Fuck You where it’s in the title and nearly every other line of the song? Clean vs. explicit…meh, whatever.

  61. sr4mjc:
    11/08/2010 at 10:39 pm
    Clean versions? That is confusing to me

    Maybe not so over-produced? Hope so…

  62. My initial reaction is that I like it. I didn’t notice the missing apostrophe. I’m kind of chuckling at the plastic animals, not sure I get those. But Crystal and the puppy dog look cute and vary laid back.

  63. I like it, but think it may have worked better as an inside fold out picture.

    It’s really busy and I’m afraid will lose its effectiveness on the small case.

    But it is different, just like Crystal! I don’t buy music based on the cover anyway.

  64. If the download version has an “original” version for FD and Kiss Ya, which means the four letter words remain I think I would need to go for that. I don’t really care too much about the F-bomb in farmer’s daughter (though I’d prefer it in), but I love the s-bombs in Kiss Ya. Too bad, though, because I wanted the CD for the art and lyrics and information about the musicians. Do downloaded CDs generally have that info or is it just the songs?

  65. Do downloaded CDs generally have that info or is it just the songs?

    I usually buy hard copies, but the couple albums I’ve purchased on ITunes have cover art and lyrics to download also.

  66. Especially a dog wearing a bandana. I’m just not a fan of dressing up animals.

    Lol Sparkles! Yes, from personal experience, I can tell you that dog’s on farms do not wear bandanas! That is a city dog affectation! Farm dogs are lucky if they get a collar, lol.

    MJ, her cover does look exactly like that CSN cover! Same feel.

  67. If the download version has an “original” version for FD and Kiss Ya, which means the four letter words remain I think I would need to go for that. I don’t really care too much about the F-bomb in farmer’s daughter (though I’d prefer it in), but I love the s-bombs in Kiss Ya. Too bad, though, because I wanted the CD for the art and lyrics and information about the musicians. Do downloaded CDs generally have that info or is it just the songs?

    I didnt even notice the s-bomb in Kiss Ya until you mentioned it. I also dont get why they need to censor those two words, both works so well in the context and build-up of the song (esp the FD, i just love that expression). My other point this isnt kids stuff why do they even wanna promote it on top 40 radio? dont you guys have an adult contemporary station where they dont bleep the f*ck out the meaning of the song?

  68. The cover screams ‘Farmer’s Daugther’ which to me is country. Which segment of the music listeners is it trying to reach?

  69. I like the cover art – it’s so very Crystal. To me it’s more “Americana” than pure country.

    I think the cover is supposed to represent Crystal’s roots and I bet every little item found in the picture has special meaning to her. She tweeted:

    Those same exact kind of xmas lights were on my moms house from my birth, until about 2 years ago… thats reminicent of mom

  70. My other point this isnt kids stuff why do they even wanna promote it on top 40 radio? dont you guys have an adult contemporary station where they dont bleep the f*ck out the meaning of the song?

    Are you in the USA? (I’m not trying to be sarcastic or snarky or anything, lol it’s hard to know.) I was sorta getting at this earlier with my one post – radio “supposedly” isn’t permitted to air profanity regardless of the nature of the station. The FCC has fined stations big time for just one word being played…but my point earlier was that at least in my area the classic/modern rock station probably lets at least 1 or 2 a day go by. I don’t know how they manage it because I know that in the recent past other stations have gotten smacked for it. (I’ve thought “small market,” and we’re not NYC or LA but the Toledo, Ohio listening area reaches probably to Detroit and nearly to Cleveland and Columbus as well, so we’re not talking east BFE either in terms of population. There’s enough people for someone to notice.) So yeah, it comes down to basically either recording a “clean” version of the song, or the station has to bleep it themselves. Some people would probably say (myself included) that if there isn’t a clean version, a station may be less likely to bother playing the song at all if they’ve gotta worry about bleeping something on air. (I don’t know how people can listen to some of the urban/hip hop radio – sometimes half a song will be bleeped.)

    Personally, I think it’s all stupid. If you’re a parent in the car with your kids, don’t turn on the stations that you know will be playing that sort of music. And if you yourself don’t want to hear it, your radio has a dial…use it. I doubt if one slips by and you hear it, it’ll be the first time you’ve heard it. Of course, opinions vary on that issue, and then it becomes where to draw the line…hence a song with the title Fuck You is pretty much in the same category as the original version of Farmer’s Daughter since Crystal *gasp* drops the F-bomb in the first verse. (FYI – I think Forget You actually works better than Fuck You…but, I totally digress. Lol)

  71. Oh no. I don’t like this cover at all. The composition seems ‘off’ and it’s wayyy too busy with too many distractons. My eyes wander all over the place (almost didn’t notice Crystal there for a second). This cover just tries too hard.

  72. Oh no. I don’t like this cover at all. The composition seems ‘off’ and it’s wayyy too busy with too many distractons. My eyes wander all over the place (almost didn’t notice Crystal there for a second). This cover just tries too hard.

    I dunno. It sounds like they were going for something that was representative, at least in a sense, of her. Seems there’s already some word from Crystal about what different things there mean – the Christmas lights for one. Plus, I’ve seen more houses like this one in northwest and north central Ohio than I’d care to admit. Not necessarily ones that are still being lived in, but there’s plenty of them around here. I’ve actually driven by many of them and wondered just what sorts of stories they might tell, if they could tell any. I can totally understand the inspiration for it…I don’t think it’s trying too hard, I think it’s really pretty honest. However I can see where people might think it seems like it’s too out there.

    I just hope enough of the album actually falls in line with the tone set on the cover to actually justify it. If that makes any sense at all, lol.

  73. This not the usual idol cover and this is good.

    What strikes me though is that I would expect indie arty music from the cover, but from the leaked tracks her sound is as mainstream as it gets.
    I am wondering whether there isn’t a contradiction between the serious messages of her songs, including an anti-war track, and the style of the music.

  74. What strikes me though is that I would expect indie arty music from the cover, but from the leaked tracks her sound is as mainstream as it gets.
    I am wondering whether there isn’t a contradiction between the serious messages of her songs, including an anti-war track, and the style of the music.

    Heck, maybe someone’s playing a big fat joke on all of us. Lol…

  75. What strikes me though is that I would expect indie arty music from the cover, but from the leaked tracks her sound is as mainstream as it gets.

    That’s true. So far, the clips of the three songs have all sounded very mainstream (=arranged/recorded for radioplay and to reach the broadest audience possible). There’s a big difference between pre-Idol, acoustic FD and the new recording of FD, and the mood of the song has changed. I can’t get over how Crystal sounds like a different singer on HO – I would have a hard time recognizing her as the singer of that song. At least, on FD and Lonely, I can recognize Crystal’s voice, even if the production

  76. What strikes me though is that I would expect indie arty music from the cover, but from the leaked tracks her sound is as mainstream as it gets.

    That’s true. So far, the clips of the three songs have all sounded very mainstream (=arranged/recorded for radioplay and to reach the broadest audience possible). There’s a big difference between pre-Idol, acoustic FD and the new recording of FD, and the mood of the song has changed. I can’t get over how Crystal sounds like a different singer on HO – I would have a hard time recognizing her as the singer of that song. At least, on FD and Lonely, I can recognize Crystal’s voice, even if the production on both is pretty mainstream.

  77. I think that this is a very intriguing album cover. The composition feels slightly unbalanced and makes you want to stare longer to see everything that is in it. Can’t wait to hear the final versions of the songs to see how everything comes together :)

  78. The composition feels slightly unbalanced

    Agreed. To me, the dog is a distraction in the position it is in. I would rather see the dog lying down, perhaps in the background or on the floor below her. Or if it was sitting up, I would prefer it off the couch so it is not level with her. My eye is drawn to the dog and away from Crystal in the position it is in. Otherwise, I like the album cover.

  79. I love it! It’s different, makes you wonder, and it’s got a cool retro vibe. Go Crystal!!

  80. Okay..I’m not an English teacher but it should be “Farmer’s Daughter” not “Farmers Daughter.” Just Saying.

  81. The slightly off composition is indeed intriguing. I love it. I love the colors even more. Even though there is a lot of objects in the photo (Crystal we want the meanings behind it! :)) its not distracting as the sepian tone gives it a nice warm, earthy feeling. Definitely the focus is on Crystal, her bright red plaid shirts and blue torn jeans make sure of that :)

  82. I believe I lived in a house very similar to this one between the
    ages of 11 to 14 at Oyster Bay,rural,Vancouver Island. Whole front yard(no grass) just vegetable garden,and to the side a small ochard
    cause we had to eat and can what we could grow to survive until my
    dad could get his fishing boat(troller)to start providing a living for us.
    It depicts the struggling poor rather than country music per se,to me. I believe Cystle is trying to represent who she is and where
    she comes from. I notice that the windows and the door are nailed
    shut. Perhaps this is where she makes a decsion to leave this life
    but she is formed by it and her memories will remain intact down
    to the kinds of detail that will always be with her…ie, Xmas lights that never come down, old ceramic pot (no flowers) garage sale ornamental animals dollar apiece. My dog was a shepard bitch
    and she was the love of the whole family,(I have so many heroic stories about her)!……Anyway,I love her cover except maybe maybe,
    not so much the Fancy Font. I also think this would have been geat as a inside picture that is unfolded and just cut the cover out of
    the middle including her and the dog with maybe a guitar beside the dog. And yes, she needs the apostrophe in Farmers. Hmmm # 3…3rd dog? Maybe she will tell us?
    I hope that by saying the songs will be cleaned up for the album’s
    final cut means striped down to suit the content!

  83. It depicts the struggling poor rather than country music per se,to me. I believe Cystle is trying to represent who she is and where
    she comes from. I notice that the windows and the door are nailed
    shut. Perhaps this is where she makes a decsion to leave this life
    but she is formed by it and her memories will remain intact down
    to the kinds of detail that will always be with her

    Very well put. I concur.

    Also I hope she (they) leave “Farmers Daughter” as written. It’s different. (and it pisses off the grammar police)

  84. Really liking this cover! Love the little details here and there. The fonts and grammar don’t bother me that much lol.

  85. Love the cover (minus fonts) Glad everyone doesn´t like it, then I´d be worried :) It´s always good when people spend time looking and discovering different things or meanings. Critics will also wonder and have their own definitions. Cover could maybe even help cut some of the stigma AAA stations seem to have for artists coming off AI

    Think “Lonely Won’t Come Around” is a better single, especially for UK and Europe. Hold On wouldn´t IMO do to good there, to “American” Can see as other´s have said, LWCA as being a summer hit. Love Crystals vocals on it, but think her vocals will also shine after cleaning up FD and HO, where vocals and instruments are now smeared together and everything sounds veiled.

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