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Scarlet's Walk

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 29 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00006I4YD
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 399 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Amber Waves
2. a sorta fairytale
3. Wednesday
4. strange
5. Carbon
6. Crazy
7. wampum prayer
8. don't make me come to Vegas
9. Sweet Sangria
10. your cloud
11. pancake
12. I can't see New York
13. mrs. jesus
14. Taxi Ride
15. another girl's paradise
16. Scarlet's Walk
17. Virginia
18. gold dust

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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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After years of experimentations on Boys for Pele, From The Choirgirl Hotel and Strange Little Girls, Tori Amos came back with a more classical album, more in the vein of her two firsts, but deeper and more vibrant than anything she did before. Influenced by the attacks of September 11, 2001, Tori Amos takes us on an odyssey across America, almost cinematic in scope, which is reminiscent of Tom Joad's journey in the once desolate landscape of America, which is now marked, more than sixty years later, with the seal of death and oblivion. This is an epic production that will forever remains in your heart.
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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.
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By A Customer on June 5 2004
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This is probably one of Tori's best CD's out there. It has soul, and her lyrics still puzzle us, but we try and interperate it any way we want. Scarlet's Walk is beautiful and WORTH the buy if you love the most original and precious melodies around. Her voice is wonderful, and is expressed to the fullest. Her woody and magical tones send you down memory lane, and all you want to do is kick back and relax with all the songs on a lazy afternoon, winter or summer.
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.
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Tori has never made a bad album but this one is a masterpiece. I listened to her mature as a singer and songwriter from Little Earthquakes and every album after that. She has the voice of an angel and she's a virtuoso on the piano. Combine that with her intelligent and sensitive lyrics and some haunting melodies and you have a listening experience that is truly moving and emotionally fulfilling.
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.
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Many have accused this album of not "staying true" to the old Tori sound, not being honost and selling out in order to win Grammies.
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.
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