I don’t know if a cover has ever fit an album more perfectly than for Ugly is Beautiful. Oliver Tree is an enigma, but surprisingly, this cover makes tremendous sense. Sitting comfortably with pink balloons, his signature bowl cut, and bell bottom jeans, Tree’s face has a vindictive look against the fiery backdrop. Contrast that with his innocent and playful mix of clothing and aesthetic, and who knows what to think? During “Joke’s On You!”, it’s impossible to not visualize this cover, as it’s exactly the sound I would picture playing in the background while the fire rages. As if the cover didn’t solidify the point, Tree’s music is as exciting as can be. Nothing sounds the same, each track is new, different, and unconventional. Some will be thrown off by this, but for those who can appreciate the creativity, it is a gem.
Release date: July 17, 2020
Similar artist(s): bbno$, lil aaron
Top tracks: Again & Again, Bury Me Alive, Cash Machine