Tori Amos's first "themed" CD.... in a legitimate, not pretentious, way. 97% of Amos's work is extraordinary, and she has practically built her career on the stepping stones of masterpieces...how many artists can say the same? Tori Amos is a genius and, as with genius, her work leaves behind that of most of her peers, many of whom are "merely" talented. "Scarlet's Walk" contains three of her greatest songs ever written.. .."Virginia" "Gold Dust" and the 9/11 ode "I Can't See New York." Not every number on the album has the same destiny. Some tracks, like "Wampum Prayer" "Don't Make Me Come To Vegas" and "Pancake" can be dull and/or droning; but then, Amos is channeling her music, and the entities expressing themselves through her have their own stories to tell. In interviews, in fact, she herself has often thrown up her hands at their quirky ways. In a sense Tori Amos takes no responsibility for her music...a trait indigenous to all true artists. When "it" talks (whatever it is), she listens; and although her muses wander off sometimes,they always bring her back wonderful things. "Scarlet's Walk" is goergous in a "goodbye to all that" context....a great and obscure act of patriotism in its way, a trip down America's memory lane, Amos's roots in the American South (which is evoked in mournful loveliness) and a post 9/11 world.