This was a distinct change of pace from the more striking covers that preceded it. One suspects that the reticence was partly a response to the brouhaha that surrounded the cover of Playing Possum. “My new album cover is for my mother”, she laughingly told a reporter just before Another Passenger was released. “I know that she’ll like it. It is very, very demure.” The outtakes from the session (below) are similarly modest.
When another photograph from this session was used a year later as a picture sleeve for the single "Nobody Does It Better" (above), its relaxed understatement was a contrast with that song's bold, sexy delivery. But "Nobody Does It Better" was, of course, the theme song to James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, and it was not included on Another Passenger. The album's soft focus, close-up cover photograph is much more appropriate to its very unique set of songs. It is a portrait of the artist as a mature, seasoned singer and songwriter, and it promises an intimacy and a maturity that the album fully delivers. It is appropriate, too, that the lettering on the album cover should be handwritten in an informal, cursive style, for this is an album as personal and relaxed as any she has recorded.