Tibet — Tibet

The Art Corner was a series of articles by graphic artist Mattias Norén, who was part of the DPRP team and designed the layout we had at the time. In this series, Mattias reviewed the artwork of albums. The series started in January 1999 and ran for about 18 months.

The original introduction of the series is included below and will tell you what it was all about. This category no longer runs, so information about submitting an album for review has been removed, but we're keeping the archived articles as a separate series in the Features category.

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Dear visitor of The Art Corner!

Some people say that it's just the inside that counts, but I'm actually one of those men that cares much about the outside as well! :-)

The Art Corner only concentrates on the outside. What I think about the inside, the music, I'll keep for myself in this case.

Each album has been given 1 to 5 points in seven different categories.

  • Design / Composition: Is the idea and layout good?
  • Technical skill: Is the artist good at what he is doing?
  • Connection to the music: Is the artwork inspired by the music, album title and the lyrics? Does it feel good to look at the cover at the same time you listening to the music?
  • Logotype: How good is the design of the logotype?
  • Typography: How good is the typography? (cover and backcover)
  • Booklet: How good is the typography, artwork, layout and paper quality?
  • Disc: How good is the typography, artwork, layout on the disc?

Mattias Norén

Tibet — Tibet (Musea - BBS 2581, 1994; original: Bellaphon - BBS 2581, 1979)


Cover design (original and re-issue) by Günter Jenne

Art and layout, electronic publishing (re-issue) by Alain Robert


category score
Design and composition
Technical skill
Connection to the music

Score: 3.0


A re-release of an album from 1979 by German band Tibet. When it was released the first time, this cover was elected among the 20 best of 1979 by a German music magazine. To me, both the design and the colours breathe a lot of feelings from the seventies, so it works well together with the music on the album.

However, if it had been released on a new album today I wouldn't have liked it that much. The booklet is rather boring in black and white, but it does contains a lot of interesting information about the band.

The back cover is really disgusting. Someone has run the cover through some neon glow filter in their graphics program and added a chicken yellow colour to it.

The thing that is most annoying with the artwork is that the band name seems to be misspelled at several places. The back cover and the disc don't say Tibet but Tjbet. Very strange and unprofessional.

This band is rumoured to be recording a brand-new album. It will be interesting to hear and see if they have left the seventies behind them.