Open thread: can you help me pick an album cover?

My new album is called Some Things Are Like Other Things.

It’s time to sign off the artwork. Lynn Hatzius, an absolute master illustrator, has designed some wonderful visuals. But we’re going back and forth with which approach is best. Can you help?

Which of these makes you want to listen to this record more?

Idea #1:

No doubting this is more beautiful.

Idea #2:

Less beautiful, but elegant, simple, readable at a small size.

Go with your instinct. #1 or #2. Which approach is best? Share your pick in the comments.