Front cover painting by Fabian Kraus
Cover design and graphics by Penny Crichton
|Design and composition|
|Connection to the music|
Saga's albums have changed a lot in quality of the artwork through the years. The early albums, like Images At Twilight and Silent Knight, had terrific covers. Some of their later works, like Generation 13, Steel Umbrellas, and Pleasure And The Pain looked just awful. With Full Circle, Saga are back to basics with a great cover painting. This time by Fabian Kraus.
But I do think the layout could have been better. I think this album would have looked even better if the whole painting had been shown instead of it being limited by the black border. I also think that the sharp red colour of the logotype takes away some attention from the painting. It would have been better to use a colour from the artwork on the logo, like on Images At Twilight.
The booklet is a very sad chapter. It's one of those terrible fold-outs, just like Generation 13. On one side you find the lyrics and on the other a poster of the Kraus painting.
With some small changes on the cover and a better booklet, this could have been one of the best looking albums of the year.