20 Biggest, Boldest Comebacks of 2014

From Aphex Twin to 'The Walking Dead,' these were the artists, athletes, TV shows and political players who rose from the ashes over the last year

Beck

After suffering from debilitating back pain — not to mention releasing a string of honorable but un-momentous albums — Beck rebounded with calm beauty. Just like Guero wasn't an Odelay sequel, Morning Phase isn't Sea Change 2; rather, its weathered fragility and Laurel Canyon swoon articulating an extra decade's worth of resignation and reflection since its 2002 predecessor. Morning Phase captures the sleepy-eyed promise and anxiety of a new day, in the process garnering the onetime-wunderkind his best reviews in years, as well as a Grammy nod for Album of the Year.

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