The advent of digital music has overshadowed physical album packaging in recent years, but with artists now releasing cover art and tracklists long before the album itself, we have something to look forward to, again.

This year we’ve seen some of the most stripped-down, emotional album covers and a lot of strange artwork that makes us appreciate the time and consideration that artists put into their covers. With that said, some are better than others, and we’ve picked our favorite covers of the year.

From Wiz Khalifa kicking back in a fur coat on the cover of O.N.I.F.C. to Action Bronson and Alchemist’s hilarious Rare Chandeliers, it’s been an amazing year for album art. Read on for our breakdown of The 25 Best Album Covers of 2012.

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