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Tori Amos ~ Scarlet's Walk
From the confusion and chaos that marked one of the most harrowing episodes in American history comes Tori Amos's masterwork. Scarlet's Walk, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed covers LP, Strange Little Girls, was written on a cross-country road trip shortly after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Over the course of 3,000 miles and 18 tracks, the crimson-haired singer encounters rogue lovers ("A Sorta Fairytale"), reformed porn stars ("Amber Waves"), and an entire cast of characters who embody the spirit of a country suddenly searching for an identity. The album serves as both an ambitious travelogue and as a graceful rejoinder to the bitterness and frustration that inspired it, with Amos wading through swells of sadness ("I Can't See New York"), anger ("Don't Make Me Come to Vegas"), and insecurity ("Your Cloud") with velvety grace. --Aidin Vaziri
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Songs which I loved:
2. Sorta Fairytale - first Tori Amos song I'd ever heard. Still one of my personal favourites. A good song for the road.
5. Carbon - a delicious song and truly beautiful in every way. I wish she had more songs like this.
9. Sweet Sangria - magical and dark at the same time as being sweet.
10. Your Cloud - Beautiful is all I can say. Very relaxing to listen to.
12. I Can't See New York - A strong song where her voice reigns supreme.
14. Taxi Ride - Brings you down high school again, lets you think back and blush at all the silly things you've done with your friends.
17. Virginia - Lovely dark undertones to this song.
18. Gold Dust - Nostalgia plus.
The instrumental accompaniment on each cut is excellent. Like the banjo prelude in Virginia, it really sets the mood and setting for the song. I never get tired of listening to this album, though I admit I don't always understand the meaning of the lyrics, and I don't always agree with her liberal sentiments. I'm quite the political opposite of her, but as long as she is singing, I will try to think like a liberal.
Tori has an intellectual quality that is far above that of most pop artists. Her treatment of American Indians is especially poignant and poetic, as in Strange: "Woke up to a world that I am not a part except when I can play its stranger." This is music of the highest quality by any standards.
Don't believe the lies.
Although the sound is different, that's just how Tori Amos is. She is intelligent and talented enough to know when there needs to be a change. And in this case, the whole album surrounds the physical and emotional geography of America after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The tone of the album is very epic, with string arrangements here and there, 18 songs (two of which are enormously long), and some of the most interesting characters ever featured in her work.
Yes, I said characters. First of all, the album surrounds the concept of a woman named Scarlet (a manifestation of Tori Amos herself) traveling across America and meeting all of these interesting people. For instance, the first song "Amber Waves" is about a woman (named after Julianne Moore's porn star character in Boogie Nights) who is eaten up and then spit back out by the porn industry. She's in great need of consoloation and Scarlet comes to give it to her ("So I went by 'cause I had the time. Told the Northern Lights to keep shining. They told me to tell you they're waving.").
And that's what makes the album so much better than it could've ended up being. Each song is injected with so much individuality because of the character and experience each one explains. Whether it be in the sound or the lyrical value, each tune has its own identity.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I have been a huge Tori fan for many years. However, when I listened to this album I was thoroughly disappointed by it. I feel that it is too radio friendly. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
Tori Amos won a legion of fans by confessing her vulnerabilities on her first two albums, and she made it easy to follow with lyrics written in full sentences. Read morePublished on June 4 2004
Ah, Tori Amos. She's like a religion: some are devout, some strongly question, and others feel that she's just not for them. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by D. B. Rocca
This CD is good.
I won't try to use text to explain how wonderful a song is. That's just a waste of time. Read more
Amos venture to new sounds in her last three albums, where well receive and admire, but with her new label Epic this album, she goes back to a familiar sound "a-la-Under the... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by S. Quinto
I don't know how some Tori fans are disappointed with this album. This CD is Tori's most beautiful and breath taking with its stunning lyrics. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Laura
Man, she hit it right between the eyes! Before listening to this album, Little Earthquakes was my favorite. Tori has always had a very special place in my life. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by Chris