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Mar 27Liked by Rachel Cabitt

super cool read, noticed this too lately, makes you really think about what an album cover is trying to portray when its a head on portrait of the artist right? def something more personal, so when its the back of their head, ya it just feels less personal and closed off, but in the case of ariana, it feels like she’s actually trying to keep us away because of all the speculation of her private life etc etc

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Apr 10Liked by Rachel Cabitt

We can't forget Harry Styles' debut solo album in 2017 – deep, symbolic lore in the fandom about turning his back, sonically, on his One Direction work.

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Great addition!!

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Mar 31Liked by Rachel Cabitt

Have you ever seen "Not to be reproduced" by Rene Magritte?

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That's a perfect art history connection. Totally see Robert Daltrey's inspiration here!

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Another amazing post!

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Mar 26Liked by Rachel Cabitt

never noticed this pattern before and now will never be able to un-notice it ahaha

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Thank you, Rachel, for your insights. You're spot on, the trend of album covers featuring the back of an artist's head can seem a tad overdone. Your newsletter reminded me of Brad Mehldau's "Largo", a stellar representation of this trend that blends art with mystery. Mehldau's music, much like the cover, is deep, contemplative, and full of surprises. Keep sharing such fascinating nuggets!

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Mar 25Liked by Rachel Cabitt

such good observations! really clever connections

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Am reminded of the bizarrely specific Cumberback trend in movie poster design: https://x.com/gray/status/1249726492185165824?s=46&t=JQRFXNU7GxZQ4CAwIQms7A

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