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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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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