Top five albums with pencil sketch covers

It's sometimes hard to work out the science of what makes one CD stand out from the piles on a music reviewer's desk. Is it a big-name artist? A clever title? A stellar Pitchfork rating? Then we hit it. Just stick a pencil or pen and ink sketch on the cover. Here are five recent and future releases we've been drawn to, as it were, that more than live up to their artwork.

ladyhawke

Listen at www.myspace.com/ladyhawkerock

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cryptacize

Listen at www.myspace.com/cryptacize

milesbenjamin

Listen at www.myspace.com/milesbenjaminanthonyrobinson

woodpigeon

Listen at www.myspace.com/woodpigeon

karenp_broadcasting

Listen at www.myspace.com/misskarenp