As the half-way point of 2014 rapidly approaches, what better way to look back on the year in art and music so far than by giving you a rundown of the best-looking releases from the last few months? We've considered which of the cover designs from the year thus far have served their purpose in best reflecting the album’s content, and ultimately, the artist’s vision.

Enjoy a carefully compiled list of covers, from names both familiar and foreign, found from all corners of the music world—all featuring artwork so fantastic we physically couldn’t overlook them. In fact, if you find that any of the selections speak to you, we strongly suggest you sit up and take a listen.

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