Five acts whose careers have been resurrected

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2. Fiona Apple
She might have put out some more music, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a roomful of people who remained devoted to Apple after her initial rise to fame with the sultry, proto-American Apparel advertising aesthetics of the "Criminal" video. Yeah, there was an album she put out in 1999 that has the longest album title in history, but it didn't make ripples outside the pond of critics who still harbor smoldering teen desires for the pale songstress. But, it's 2012 now, and there she was rocking a show at Presbyterian church in Austin, Texas during SXSW, and suddenly everyone was like, "whoah, where have you been? We forgot you could sing like that." She's releasing her first album since 2005 this summer, titled The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes ever do. Despite trying to thwart success with that mouthful of a title, we're glad to see she's back.

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1. Chris Brown
The world watched Chris Brown's career get dropped off at the coroner's office after his assault against then-girlfriend Rihanna. When you're a sex symbol with a big female audience, getting violent with your special lady friend is a surefire way to end up an old, broke drunk saddling a bar stool and reminiscing about the good old days. He caught a beatdown from fans and the media alike, and was blacklisted from high profile events like the Grammys. But after two years in career purgatory, a handful of apologies, some community service, a couple of painful media appearances and a smash hit with "Look at Me Now," he's earned the moniker Comeback Kid (also a mixtape title from earlier this year). After making a much-hyped return to the Grammy's in 2012, and collaborating with Rihanna on a remix, it seems all but certain Brown is back with a new record called F.A.M.E. -- regardless of what that says about our society's tolerance of violence and the disparity of gender politics -- at least until the next incident.

Also read "It's Easter: Here Are Five Musicians Whose Careers We Would Resurrect" in the Phoenix New Times.



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