"You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again."

-Pat Riley

What makes a great comeback album? Is it an artist that left the scene for awhile, only to triumphantly return? Or is it more about an artist rebounding from a disappointing project, whether critically or commercially? It's both, really. It's very rare for an artist to consistently deliver at the highest level throughout their entire careers, rather mimicking a roller coaster. This makes it almost inevitable that at least once or twice we're destined to be disappointed in an album or two, even by our most beloved artists. But there's nothing wrong with that, because without these scattered lulls there'd be no comeback album, the proverbial make-up sex of music. 

When it comes to the comeback album, there isn't a proven formula, as some artists get back to their roots while others try to reinvent themselves. No one method is necessarily the best, and results vary dramatically. There's been comeback albums that redefine entire careers, and others that dig the artist into a little bit deeper of a hole. Today, we'll look at some of the genre's most memorable comebacks in recent years, in no particular order whatsoever.