The Overdramatic Duo

After career slowdowns, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey return with tepid comeback albums

You've been bruised and confused. There's nowhere to run, and you're in pain, without anyone. You've got a lot to learn; do you know where you can turn? Mariah Carey--fragile workaholic, recovering star of Glitter, multimillion-dollar record-company layoff and author of wounded banalities like those above--would like you to turn to her.

But perhaps neediness isn't your thing. Maybe you're the sparring type, and you live your life the way you feel; no matter what, you keep it real. Then Whitney Houston--reedy substance abuser, self-proclaimed child of God, spouse of one of the world's most consistent recreational-drug suspects, and singer...

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