Wednesday Question: Greatest Comeback Album Ever

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Wednesday Question: Greatest Comeback Album Ever
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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask all you lovely folks to focus on all the comeback records out there and answer this little thing right here:

What's the greatest comeback album of all time?

THE RULES:

  • Special rule: by comeback album, we mean a record released after a hiatus.
  • Post only one suggestion per comment after checking that your favorite wasn't already nominated (Ctrl+F and all).
  • Multiple nominations of one album create heavy confusion, since on one hand it's unfair to the given record to take into consideration only the most upvoted nomination, but seeing that multiple nominations allow one user to give two or more votes to the same effort, it's also unfair to other nominees not to discard it.
  • Vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike.

We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG top list. Show us what you got now!

263 comments sorted by best / new / date

    robo37
    Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way to Blue
    BassFishin
    My vote went to Iron Maiden, but this is a wonderful example, too.   Complete side note, but since we're on the subject - I actually really enjoyed The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.  AIC has changed a lot since the Layne years, but they are still such a solid band.  
    mhauser255
    I think devil put dinosaurs here is better than black gives way to blue but it still gets my vote
    robo37
    Devil Put Dinosaurs Here wasn't a comeback album. I love Voices but BGWTB had A Looking in View, Acid Bubble and Last of My Kind too.
    BassFishin
    To me, "Voices" is a great song that stands up there with the rest of their catalog.  
    stagedamassacre
    yea Jerry isn't as creative as he was on their first three albums, but he is still better than the vast majority of music being put out.
    Parthan
    Definitely this. As polarising as it is for some fans who just can't seem to wrap their heads around AiC continuing without Layne, this album was one of the best of 2009, and definitely a fine addition to the AiC discog.
    tomaxandxamot
    Sorry - AIC without Layne Staley is NOT AIC - love the new guy - but it ain't AIC.  
    tomaxandxamot
    No Fogerty/No CCR - am I gonna get -11 for that too?  You cats are dreamers.  
    Funnyname99
    you'll get another for being sarky if you don't calm it mate.
    tomaxandxamot
    Who are you mate?  Sarky?  You mean snarky?  I made a reasonable point to a buncha unreasonable readers - #whatsnew
    2Ties
    Friggin Californication, John Frusciante's comeback with the Chilis
    Eifler121
    Yeah. The Chili Peppers could have been done, but instead had a whole second half added to their career.
    theman6
    Does this really count? It doesn't even come after a hiatus
    GR84
    I think it does, they came back into the public in a big way after this album, the singles were MUCH bigger than anything on Once Hot Minute, they were in danger of becoming unimportant again.....
    theman6
     Special rule: by comeback album, we mean a record released after a hiatus.  That's great and all but I would try to follow the rules, from what I divise I just see that Californication was a bigger success than One Hot Minute, but nothing else, they don't even have that many years apart
    GR84
    i stand corrected, haha, just wanted to throw a thought in
    GR84
    Guess i'm thinking "best Career rebirth", would be a good question,
    rodrigo.mij1990
    I think they went into a short hiatus in between the period Navarro got kicked out of the band and talking to John again....
    SawGuru
    I thought Bowie had a fantastic return with "The Next Day," coming seemingly out of nowhere after a decade in which it was all but assured he had retired.
    Dulce-Sal
    Santana - Supernatural   "In 1998, with the group still being on hiatus, they were inducted  into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This proved only to be the start of  better things to come for Carlos Santana and his band. Their 1999  release, [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural_%28S..."]Supernatural[/url], debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, but the album's appeal began to snowball, and within 18 weeks it topped the US charts. The lead single released from the album, "[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smooth_%28song%29"]Smooth[/url] ",  hit the number one spot on the Hot 100, and sparked an unstoppable  commercial frenzy, and by October 30 the album peaked at number one, and  stayed there for 12 non-consecutive weeks."
    GR84
    This really is a comeback album for sure, has it aged perfectly, no, but my goodness it was everywhere after Santana had begun to drift into classic rock radio, this was all over pop stations, MTV, kids knew who Santana was again, .... good choice
    1mmoralthang
    Iron Maiden Brave New World.
    Sandman4991
    Some may argue it's not a comeback album for the band, but to me IT IS a great comeback when it comes to line-up. So I'd say it counts. Bruce and Adrian back in the band, and from the first seconds of BNW you hear that THIS IS MAIDEN. And it turns out as one of the best records in their long history. Also that little comment of Nicko at the end of "The Thin Line...": '- Ooooh, I fucking missed him' - sums it up pretty much. Edit: Don't get me wrong, I like some songs of the Blaze-era, and Blaze's solo stuff, but Bruce is the voice of Maiden to me. Plus the 3-guitar lineup since BNW is great.
    Eifler121
    Thumbs down only because Blaze was a mistake through and through.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    The X Factor is one of their best.
    Eifler121
    I just don't have any love for that period.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    So because you don't like it personally it was a mistake despite the album gaining a cult following?
    Eifler121
    Well, if you're asking me if what I said was my​ opinion... Obviously it is. If you ask anyone if they'd prefer success or cult success, they'll tell you success. Cult success is a consolation. So, on both accounts I'm saying it's a mistake.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    I don't think you understand the term cult following. Star Wars has a cult following and that's hardly unsuccessful. It's a term meaning how dedicated and passionate fans are over something. Not just regular fans you know fans that would wear the costumes, buy all the merchandise, attend conventions etc.
    Eifler121
    ...But unless we're talking about Star Wars it DOES refer to a small success. Cult following almost always refers to a small but dedicated fan base. Cult following and cult success aren't the same thing, either. I've argued with you before, and you find outliers and false equivalencies all over the place. Almost every time, that's what your arguments get down to, to the point where it's not even on topic. I won't respond in the future.
    BassFishin
    This was going to be my vote - glad I searched! An amazing record, and a mighty return for Bruce.
    TooMintyFresh
    Faith No More - Sol Invictus 
    robo37
    Absolutely! Just listened to this song for the first time the other day and was blown away.
    PureEvo
    After AIC, this is the first one I "ctrl + f" looked for.  It's amazing.
    sparksdelta
    The System Has Failed - Megadeth Blackmail the Universe was a killer track.
    figure00
    Actually there are a lot of tracks on that albums which in my opinion are brilliant, like the scorpion and die dead enough, back in the day etc .. it's just not that thrashy but still great Megadeth record
    Swizzlestix
    This, Blackmail the Universe is incredible and this whole album was one of my favorites for a long time in highschool.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Technically wouldn't the album after be the comeback album as System wasn't even intended to be a Megadeth album it was intended to be a Mustaine solo album but the record company told him his name wasn't big enough to sell it on its own so they slapped Megadeth on the title. 
    Cazman
    Didn't Mustaine say the same thing about Risk recently? 
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    "I should have released Risk as a solo album because it sounds too different to what the fans wanted" is not the same as an album literally being created to be a solo album then at last minute the record company refuses to release it unless it says Megadeth on it.
    Cazman
    Could have just corrected me instead of being a bit of a dick about it. 
    Neolwyn
    Death From Above 1979 - "The Physical World "
     
    GR84
    I know nothing about the details on why this would be considered a comeback album, doesn't matter cause due to a youtube clip being added i have discovered a really great new band! Thank you for posting, i'm enjoying this quite a bit! Never heard of it prior
    Eifler121
    Tribe Called Quest-We Got it From Here...Thank you 4 your service.
    Diek321
    Excellent choice. This album was a fantastic return to form mixed with awesome new artistic directions and, even though Phife sadly passed away before seeing it through, they made beautiful tributes to him and ended their discography on an incredibly high note, after almost 17 years since the previous album dropped!!!
    Eifler121
    Thanks. It's really great. Not just a good come back album, a good album, period. Space Program is one of my favorite songs of recent memory.
    krut917
    Deftones- Diamond Eyes. They weren't exactly on hiatus, but they definitely were dealt a bad hand with Chi's accident.  Hell of an album statement in response to setbacks. 
    curiousjoe
    Leonard Cohen's Live in London. Marked the return of Cohen after his disappearance into a Buddhist temple. It gave him new energy and led to his last 3 albums which were fantastic. It was the 3rd pique of his career. 
    Touchingcloth
    Soundgarden- King Animal
    Eifler121
    I feel like it's only good for a comeback album. On its own, it's mediocre, with only a few stand out songs.
    rodrigo.mij1990
    I hope you rot in hell
    Eifler121
    You're sweet. I'll never be offended by somebody who has strong feelings about King Animal; not any day of the week. Tree, Rowing, Attrition, Eyelid's Mouth and the first half of Black Saturday are the only great songs on the album. All of Soundgarden's worst (and their only bad) songs since Badmotorfinger are from King Animal. Been Away Too Long sounds like Nickelback until the bridge, Halfway There sucks, and most of the others have awesome parts but fail overall as songs.
    jude.chavez.180
    Blizzard of ozz. Pretty sure everyone thought ozzy was done and washed up after sabbath
    N-D
    Sorry, but technically it's not a a comeback album we asked for - actually it's just Ozzy's debut album after leaving Sabbath.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    You weren't clear on the rules of the term comeback. People have been suggesting Iron Maiden - Brave New World as it's Bruce's comeback but not a comeback of the band as a whole. 
    ShredderMan1
    i totally disagree, for one ozzy had to put a whole new band together he was seriously fucked up that in itself was a miracle. two finding a band that was grreat as it was was another miracle. and three these were fresh ideas and new songs he took the high road and did a SOLO COMEBACK. This might not meet the criteria but should count, or at least have an honorable mention. UG and their BS comments are getting old. This person jude.chavez.180 had a comment and it wasnt needed for you to even say anything, if it wasnt valid for its merit in the criteria then UG wouldnt have counted it anyways.  I love this site have for years but lately you UG staff have gone way overboard on the police monitoring IMO.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    I understand what you're saying but it's not a comeback it's a solo debut but I would definitely put Blizzard of Ozz on the top ten debut albums list (which I think he was included on one here a while ago). "Putting a whole new band together" doesn't equal comeback.
    Panasonic3
    I think the comment was made to make sure everyone knows a vote for that album is invalid.
    N-D
    My Bloody Valentine - m b v Though a bit different, it's still really good album
    TaV0
    Agree. Really enjoyed it and certainly was a pleasant surprise when I heard My Bloody Valentine had released a new album.
    beggar__
    Metallica - Death Magnetic. Say what you want, it kicks ass. And everybody wanted Metallica to make a record like this since the Black Album.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Metallica were never on a hiatus between St Anger and Death Magnetic they still toured.
    eatfresh1736
    At The Gates - At War With Reality. When the founders of a huge subgenre come back to pump it up again.
    Sebo
    This is a very decent record, but in that genre Carcass set the standard for me personally.
    sdbrown89
    Carcass - Surgical Steel... any love for death metal out there?
    DissonantTimbre
    Sad to see this so far down, absolute masterpiece of an album. This is the best death metal album of recent memory imo.
    BadBatou
    American Idiot - Green Day New generation of fans, 10 years after Dookie.
    GR84
    This is an interesting choice, as Green Day had not broken up prior to this, however the album super charged the second half of their career, and introduced them to an entire new age group, and it all just sky rocketed from there, it was kind of like Dookie 94' all over again (but with eye liner, ahah) . Well played
    BadBatou
    Yeah they weren't on hiatus, but they "lost" their momentum. I don't think that a lot of people remember anything but Good Riddance and Minority from 1997-2003 GreenDay
    jebordini
    Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
    jebordini
    Also, to better illustrate: The album was a commercial success, reaching #5 in the UK charts and #17 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Perfect Strangers was only the second Deep Purple studio album to be certified platinum in the US, following 1972's Machine Head.[2] The tour was so successful that the band had to book many additional dates to the US arena tour, as tickets sold out very quickly. Their US tour in 1985 out-grossed every artist that year except Bruce Springsteen.[3] (From Wikipedia)
    sweenster
    Lamb of God- VII Sturm Und Drang is an amazing metal album after their brief hiatus due to Randy's imprisonment and manslaughter trials. 
    eatfresh1736
    Judas Priest - Angel Of Retribution. It's not their greatest album, but worth it for the opener alone, introduced by an epic fade in and Halford's mighty scream!
    MikeBTE
    Rush - Vapor Trails Despite it getting criticized for it's studio quality I thought the music on this album was awesome. 
    eatfresh1736
    Anthrax - Worship Music. After years in production hell, they reunited with Joey and released a killer album just in time to debut the songs at some of the Big Four shows.
    ImmortanJoe
    A Different Kind of Truth by Van Halen.  Michael Anthony's bass playing and background vocals were extremely missed, but it was great hearing the Van Halen family play so well with each other and having Roth back in the fold was satisfying
    tomaxandxamot
    My bad - didn't see somone else posted this - yep - best comeback album ever - who cares about Michael Anthony - Wolfie way better anyways.....album is great, tour was great - this is the winner - AIC the lead vote getter shows the age, or lack thereof of experience on these UG boards and votes.  AIC w/o Layne Staley, whatta joke.  
    CosyNinja
    Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith
    Intersting
    This, while Done With Mirrors was their official "reunion", Permanent Vacation should definitely considered a comeback because Aerosmith had really fallen off for nearly a decade by that point.
    slapsymcdougal
    Does Chinese Democracy count?
    SawGuru
    I know it gets its hate...but I actually enjoyed the thing. Should've just been Axl's Chinese Democracy, though, rather than the GnR moniker.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Probably not as the band were still around (with a different lineup) just not making new records. And the rules of the list state "after a hiatus".
    slapsymcdougal
    What would you call the mid-to-late 90's? Slash, Gilby, Matt and Duff hadn't quit/been fired yet, by Axl's account, a planned album got canned due to a lack of collaboration between the band, and pretty much everyone except Axl was working on solo projects. There might not have been a press release, but that's a hiatus.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    But the album wasn't immediately after a hiatus they were touring for a while with a new lineup
    Neolwyn
    Failure - "The Heart Is A Monster"
    BuriedAlive7x
    Yeah this album is perfect! 19 years after Fantastic Planet, great comeback. My favorite tracks: A.M. Amnesia, Petting the Carpet, Come Crashing, and I Can See Houses...
    apgapgxii
    Pink Floyd - The Endless River The announcement of this album would qualify as a perfect example of "didn't see that coming" in my book. Not to everyone's taste, but it was really good stuff if you're into ambient music.
    Diek321
    This was already nominated (and is more of a tribute than a comeback album)
    TaV0
    Blur - The Magic Whip. A solid album with more mature songs and slightly darker than previous releases. Certainly these guys learned a lot with their other projects while on hiatus. 
    TaV0
    Morrissey - You Are The Quarry (2004). Although not really innactive, in 1998 Morrissey was in a recording hiatus (and with no record deal). Then after six years he realesed You Are The Quarry, personally, one of my favourite Morrissey's albums with such amazing songs like "Irish Blood, English Heart", "First of the Gang to Die", "The World Is Full of Crashing Bores" and more. I know he has become an even more annoying tw.at lately, but his music is awesome.
    Jenrac
    Eve 6's Speak In Code was brilliant, in my opinion. Perfect blend of new sound while still feeling like the same band.
    SawGuru
    I had all but assumed no one appreciated this album. Such an amazing comeback. Had the right shades of old with the new. VICTORIA!
    Jenrac
    Max Collins has always been a great storyteller in his songs. Really hoping they put out something new in the near future.