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The 25 Best Album Covers of the Decade (2000-2009)

November 16, 2009  |  7:00am
The 25 Best Album Covers of the Decade (2000-2009)
**7. Sufjan Stevens - *Illinois*** **Cover Artist: [Divya Srinivasan](http://www.pupae.com/portfolio/)** illinoise.jpg Stevens' label, Asthmatic Kitty, got in some hot water over using the image of Superman—which is the property of DC Comics—on the cover of *Illinois*, and on subsequent printings the tiny image was removed. But this cover has many interesting entry points beyond the superhero: the "Come on feel the Illinoise" phrase, which led to some confusion as to what the album's actual title was (officially it was just *Illinois* not *Illinoise* or *Come on Feel the Illinoise*); the classic, cigar-chomping depiction of Al Capone; the city skyline of the John Hancock building and the Sears Tower; and a goat that perhaps represents the [infamous curse on perennial underdogs the Chicago Cubs](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_the_Billy_Goat).
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