MUSIC: POP'S PRINCESS GROWS UP

MARIAH CAREY, CREATOR OF SLICK, SUGARY HITS, REVEALS A MORE SOULFUL SIDE ON HER REFRESHINGLY UNDERSTATED NEW ALBUM

IF ONLY MARIAH CAREY'S MUSIC HAD the drama of her life. Her songs are often sugary and artificial--Nutrasweet soul. But her life has passion and conflict. Carey's mother is white, her father is black, and she is constantly prodded by skin-color busybodies to define her racial identity. Raised on Long Island, Carey grew up so financially strapped that she and her divorced mother sometimes had to move in with friends. Last year, in a revelation pursued aggressively by the tabloids, it came out that Carey's sister is HIV-positive and, according to some reports, that Carey's mother had taken the sister's son...