Stop the search! 2011 is still four months away, but I've already found the worst album cover of the year. It is worse than the Klaxons' LOLspacecat. It is worst than anything Ted Nugent's ever produced. It is "Babez for Breakfast" by Finnish band Lordi.

In the cover art, if it can be called that, a flesh-toned demon baby devours a woman's  - his mother's? - bloody, heaving bosom. I imagine this is what Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones' nightmares are made up of.

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I hadn't heard of Lordi until I opened my mail. Music writers get all sorts of tripe that way - just recently I got a 2-disc greatest hits album by Pantera!

But the Finnish band is best known for winning the Eurovision contest in 2006. Their Web site doesn't name the person who so lovingly illustrated the pink gromit to your right. But all fingers point to bandleader Mr. Lordi. He is also, you see, their costume designer.

In the comments, suggest the worst album covers you've seen this year, and I'll rank them by the end of the day. 

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