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

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Aphex Twin

Richard D. James hasn't been in hiding since the last Aphex Twin album, but nothing he's made since has been as electrifying as Syro. On one level, the new record — his first as Aphex Twin since 2001 — undeniably feels like a relic of an earlier time, back when "ambient" was all the rage and jungle seemed like the sound of the future. But in our current age, when EDM rules all, Syro comes across as astonishingly old-school, as if James is proudly shooting on 35mm and using practical effects while everybody else has switched to digital and soulless CGI.