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Judging albums by their covers

We evaluate three new CDs from Mumiy Troll, CKY, and Faryl Smith based solely on their cover art

Who says you have to actually hear albums to review them? We evaluate three discs based solely on their cover art — then give a listen to see how accurate our opinions turned out to be.

Mumiy Troll, Comrade Ambassador
Before Hearing: Russian superhero circus rock, with tigers. And mummies. And maybe trolls?
After Hearing: Pretty spot-on, if the heroes and tigers are drunk, and the circus is actually a nightclub run by evil gypsies in 1987.

CKY, Carver City
Before Hearing: Lock up the kids! CKY are here to steal your very soul!
After Hearing: Strangely melodic, with interesting production for nü-metal. The cover is way scarier than the music. Unless you’re afraid of nü-metal.

Faryl Smith, Faryl
Before Hearing: A free-spirited 12-year-old who sings about ponies and flowers?
After Hearing: She’s a 13-year-old Britain’s Got Talent vet whose voice gets drowned out by arrangements better suited to someone four times her age.