Can you judge a female diva based on how she copes with middle age? Cher has managed several fascinating career reinventions, but generally female artists fare no better than their male peers (e.g., the unseemly evolution from Casanova front man to potbellied leather pants-wearer). Thirty-seven-year-old Mariah Carey has struggled to reconcile herself with hip-hop; Whitney Houston seems unlikely to star again in anything other than TV reality shows; Diana Ross strikes me as more desperate for a resurgence than Neil Diamond. Using artists like these as standard-bearers, it's easy to see why Björk at 41 is cooler, more confident and far more compelling than any of her peers. You don't even have to listen... More >>>