I feel the exact same way. But I think the labels reflect the "beer philosophy" of the brewing company... for instance, all the extreme IPAs try to convey their "X-factor" extremeness with crazy labels and names.
My eye ALWAYS ends up around clear labels that convey something direct and concise. Goose Island's vintage line is nice. North Coast is one of my favorite company's and I've always liked their art. Their beers are easily identifiable and separable because they each have a dominating color and theme (Scrimshaw, Blue Star, Old Rasputin, Red Seal, etc.)