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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True, just about every four years there's talk of a Prince renaissance, linked to a new tour or a new album that's backed by even a modicum of advertising muscle. Right on schedule, Prince this year delivered two records, the streamlined Art Official Age and the trippy, adventurous PlectrumElectrum. You don't need to be told that neither is as momentous as Sign o' the Times, but at 56 he remains a far more vital, intriguing sonic force than any of his Eighties pop peers. And his inspired, frenzied performance on the Chris Rock-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live reconfirmed his enduring strangeness and greatness.

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