For me, it's just a marked improvement compared to what's recently come before it. We've had Kiss Me Once, Golden, Step Back In Time and Disco—a mixed bag of mid to downright terrible covers.I don't think I've had such a genuine aversion to an album cover in a while. I keep returning to it to see if I'm missing something since most everyone else seems to like it and I just find it absolutely disgusting.
This is where I’m at. I think Disco being one of the worst covers I’ve ever seen in my life set the groundwork for absolutely anything to slide in and be amazing.For me, it's just a marked improvement compared to what's recently come before it. We've had Kiss Me Once, Golden, Step Back In Time and Disco—a mixed bag of mid to downright terrible covers.
I agree with @mindtrappa that it's not a great cover, but I find the photo quite striking and thought that the textless version that @pastelboy.wav posted works much better.
I was kind of surprised, considering how icy "Padam Padam" is sonically, how warm the color palette of the album cover of Tension and the single cover of "Padam Padam" is.The thing that also sticks out to me about the artwork for both the single and the album is that they're very sleek and icy, which isn't something Kylie has really leaned into in about 20 years or so for the most part.
The 'Kylie' text at the bottom looks like a necklace.
It actually would've been a genius move to turn the new Kylie logo into a nameplate necklace for the cover and then sell it as merch. It wouldn't have been an unprecedented move, considering they made one for Disco.Would have been perfect if they had turned her name into a necklace (kind of riffing off what @Joe Z said)
I own this on CD, no shame.She’s giving 2010s pop girl who 10 forum gays stan, that’s kind of what’s so iconic about it. And if that’s the kind of music she’s serving, then I’m willing to give in to the fantasy.
I don’t necessarily think it’s a great cover, but I don’t think it’s awful. Kylie herself looks incredible and cool, though, which is what really gagged me.