Prison, old age, drugs – enough to scupper the careers of many.
Not, however, these 10 – all musicians who came back from the brink of despair (or, in many cases, just some time off) to make some of the greatest records of their distinguished careers. From post-punk flag-bearers to grime MCs with points to prove, we’ve picked our favourites below.
Scott Walker – Tilt (Fontana, 1995)
Tilt wasn’t the first Scott Walker album to see him investigating the darker ends of post-punk (1984′s Climate Of Hunter holds that honour). Tilt, however, remains the most impactful record of Walker’s career. After a twelve year wait, Walker unleashed an album of morbid and melodramatic compositions. Walker’s vocal performance, strangulated and harrowed, remains one of the decade’s best.