In 2016, album covers still play an important role in giving listeners a preview of the music to come—whether it be the mood, the energy, or the intention of the artist. What an artist decides to do with their album cover can be as simple as a portrait or as complex as a political message. One thing that cannot be disputed is the power of album art to transcend its original use, becoming a greater tool for artists to share their work with the world. Here is The Best Album Art of 2016 (So Far).