Scarlet's Walk

Scarlet's Walk

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by Tori Amos
     
 

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Tori Amos took some time away from songwriting to recharge her creative batteries with the all-covers album Strange Little Girls, but she returns with another set of soulfully complex original musings on Scarlet's Walk. It's an album that spans both the psychic and sonic spectrum, setting jarring blacks and reds

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Tori Amos took some time away from songwriting to recharge her creative batteries with the all-covers album Strange Little Girls, but she returns with another set of soulfully complex original musings on Scarlet's Walk. It's an album that spans both the psychic and sonic spectrum, setting jarring blacks and reds against soft-focus pastels, making for plenty of fascinating juxtapositions. Amos explains the album as an American travelogue, following the journey of Scarlet, who may be a woman or who may be the bloody trail of American history. Such are the shifting correspondences of the album. Longtime fans will embrace "Amber Waves" as trademark Tori, querulous and quixotic, her trembling vocals rising above a stately piano line that's itself buoyed by a stark, simple rhythm -- all the better to focus on the ambiguous tale of debauchery and reform. As ever, she's unblinking in her assessments of her own past life (the angst-riddled "Your Cloud") as well as those of past lovers (the alternately lilting and incisive "A Sorta Fairytale"). Some of the songs were apparently inspired by Amos's personal reaction to the September 11th terrorist attacks, a thread that comes across most clearly in the wan, tear-stained strains of "I Can't See New York." She's perfectly capable of taking the opposite tack, however, as evidenced by the seething "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas," an emotional doppelganger -- albeit on a less internalized level -- for Little Earthquakes's "Me and a Gun." At once direct and cryptic, these are the type of songs sure to inspire discussion -- and passion -- among Amos's ardent followers for some time.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps Tori Amos didn't intentionally whittle her audience down to merely the rabidly devoted ever since Boys for Pele, but it sure seemed that way with the deliberately abstract arrangements, double albums, and cover records. That devoted cult may be all that pay attention to Scarlet's Walk, her first album for Epic, but it marks a return to the sound and feel of Under the Pink and is her best album since then. Much was made at the time of release about its concept -- conceived as a journey through modern womanhood, when Tori herself journeyed through each state in the union -- but following the narrative is secondary to the feel of the music, which is warm, melodic, and welcoming, never feeling labored as so much of her last four albums often did. This doesn't mean it's an altogether easy listen: an intensive listen reveals layers of pain and an uneasiness murmuring underneath the surface, but it's delivered reassuringly, in croons and lush arrangements that nevertheless are filled with quirks, making it both comforting and provocative. Which, of course, is what Tori Amos delivered in her early years. If this isn't as startling as Little Earthquakes or majestic as Under the Pink, so be it. It's confident, alluring, and accomplished, luring listeners in instead of daring them to follow. And, frankly, it's a relief that she finally delivered another record like that.
Rolling Stone - Greg Kot
Amos' albums have always been obsessed with the quest for self-realization; Scarlet's Walk takes a thinly veiled alter ego on a journey across America in search of the real her.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
5099750878224
catalogNumber:
975087

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tori Amos   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,ARP,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
David Torn   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Robbie McIntosh   Dobro
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Strings
Jon Evans   Bass
David Firman   Conductor
Mac Aladdin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Hayley West   Voices

Technical Credits

Tori Amos   Producer
John Philip Shenale   String Arrangements
Peter Willison   Director
Mark Hawley   Engineer
Scott Smalley   Orchestration
David Bett   Art Direction
Marcel VanLimbeek   Engineer
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
Arthur Spivak   Management
John Witherspoon   Management
Henry Gilbert   Accounting
Chelsea Laird   Personal Assistant
Duncan Pickford   Contributor
Sheri Lee   Art Direction

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Scarlet's Walk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarlet's Walk is Tori's first album for her new label, Epic, and it proves to be just as brilliant as her previous works. It's best described as a beautiful meeting of Under The Pink (1994) and Boys For Pele (1996), two equally amazing albums. Tori fans will appreciate the showcase of piano and (as always) quirky lyrics, and yet it seems more accessible (for new listeners) than her more recent work. A concept album, Tori/Scarlet weaves a ficticious musical tour across America, examining her landscape and people. I should also point out that this album is available in a limited edition that includes a "map" of Scarlet's Walk, a bonus dvd, 12 "polaroid snapshots", a sheet of stickers, and a charm. I really suggest getting the limited edition if you can, they're really cool and they're only avaiable for a limited time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 1996's "Boys For Pele", Amos seemed to take her devoted audience for a spin. Rising to underground fame the same time the grunge movement appeared, she found a home with that same audience, serving as sort of the songstress of the time. CD collections carried Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, and Tori Amos. She was the ballad singer, the heart of it. But after BFP, she seemed to split her audience for a time. With the release of "From A Choirgirl Hotel", she released a fantastic, but unusual for Tori, almost pop-friendly collection of songs that tried the rebellious nature of some of her previous listeners. Then, a year later, she took her devotees flying in the other direction with "To Venus and Back" and a couple years later with "Strange Little Girls", evoking almost Bjork-ish obscurity and artistry and taking the fans into the opposite direction. While I'm a huge fan of every release of hers with the exception of "Strange Little Girls", I hated to admit that Tori was falling out of the light. And then this. Thank God, Pele, or whoever for this fantastic, soulful, and inspired "Scarlet's Walk", the most personal album since "Boys for Pele", and the best since "Under the Pink", eight years ago. Her piano's back and it sounds better than ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all the fans that were a little bewildered with TO VENUS AND BACK as well as STRANGE LITTLE GIRLS, SCARLET'S WALK once again features the Tori we have grown to love. The aforementioned CDs had their moments, but on SCARLET'S WALK, every song is a gem. I don't have to skip over any "lesser" tracks because there are none. Although everything on this album is amazing, the tracks that I especially love are "A Sorta Fairytale", "Strange", "Carbon", "Crazy", "Your Cloud", "I Can't See New York", "Taxi Ride", and "Gold Dust". If you have longed for the days of the girl and her piano, you must get this CD. You will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems like Tori is priming us for an exit (which saddens me. Her music speaks out to people very well) The front and back covers themselves hint at a goodbye, and cramming so many songs into one CD is a bit suspicious. I would hate to see Tori back away from the audience. Of course, she'd continue to play and write, but this time for herself and her loved ones!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarlett's Walk is quite simply her most complete work to date and with it, her songwriting has reached a new level. Go on, take Tori's hand and let her lead you on a truly remarkable journey of wonderous songs and beautiful melodies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Tori's best. I have been a huge fan since 1992 when Little Earthquakes was released. Scarlet's Walk reflects a deeper level of sophistication and musical expression. Tori's songwriting has matured, and thank goodness she has softened her message about God. I was always hesitant to share my enthusiasm for Tori, but this CD is more acceptable to a broader audience. Peabody may have expelled her, but her piano skills have greatly surpassed what they could have ever hoped to teach her. I can't wait to see what she has coming up next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Tori delivers an album worthy of praise and recognition. At first, the album appears to be a pop mistake. My first impression of the album was a disappointment. I felt as though Tori was drawn into the pop web that almost all good artists are caught between (Jewel, Natalie Imbruglia, No Doubt, just to name a few). But once I dived into the album, I found myself hearing a journey of strength, pain, life, so many twists and turns. Both Gold Dust and I Can't See New York capture the Tori magic that we know so well. Pancake, Your Cloud, Carbon, Sweet Sangria, and Taxi Ride and very DIFFERENT from known Tori Songs but sure to become favorites. I was disappointed by songs such as Don't Make Me Come To Vegas, Mrs. Jesus and Wednesday. I felt Tori strayed so far away. But a song i felt most connected to is Wampum Prayer. Too bad its length is only 44 seconds. But the message is powerful. For any Tori fan, this album is a milestone, and a definite cd worth of getting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beautiful Tori does it again. This album will be a favorite on every fan's list! With songs like "Gold Dust" and "A Sorta Fairytale", Tori brings her magic to us once again. This special limited edition of Scarlet's Walk is a must for all Tori fans!
paradive More than 1 year ago
the actual disc is great though the dvd leaves a lot to be desired. i was hoping for some interviews, commentary, etc. but it's just a few songs with some personal film footage.
Winnie_Doe More than 1 year ago
This is a soothing, beautiful side of Tori that i appreciate as much as her darker, angst-ridden works. I approached it with reservations but after the 2nd listen love pretty much everything about it. This is a much easier listen than the other albums and something i want to share withall my friends, not hde in my closet and rock out to like some or her earlier works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori has struggled, now has a child, witnessed the tragedy of Sept 11 through an artists eyes and now paints a picture of Scarlet walking from LA to New York.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, the ToriPhiles are certainly going to get what they have been waiting for. More of Tori's beautiful, thought provoking music. Her voice is just as angelic as ever. No one could possibly duplicate what Tori has done in the music world. As always she thanks Neil Gaiman and mentions her friends, the fae.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Tori has captured the heart and soul of her fans. Scarlet's Walk is an ethereal combination of her trusty Bosendorfer and the lesser-used Wurlitzer, weaved together to create songs of enigmatic proportions. They tell the story of Scarlet, Tori's alter-ego, as she makes her way across America after the September 11 attacks. Tracks range from the upbeat, pop-like "Amber Waves", to the blissful "Strange" and "Mrs. Jesus", to the somber and heartfelt "I Can't See New York" and all places in between. Warning, however: once you start listening, you won't want to stop. You find your soul intertwining with Scarlet's, or Tori's if you prefer, and you lose yourself in it. I'll be shocked if she isn't nominated for a Grammy for this album. I think I've found a new favorite. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scarlet's Walk is another beautiful work for Tori Amos. Like her last records, she evokes many personalities, summoning them out of her head and into the world. She opens the record with melody-ridden songs like "A Sorta Fairytale" and "Srange", which are probably two of her best songs to date. Then she slides seductively along with "Don't Make Me Come To Vegas" and "Pancake". Most of the songs are perfect examples of Tori; full of abstract picture-words along with her haunting piano. But there are some songs that wander off, setting their own path. Songs such as "Your Cloud", "Mrs. Jesus", and "Virginia" make their own unique voices heard. I love anything Tori does, so this may not be a perfect "review" but i honestly believe anyone could listen to this record and really enjoy it (maybe possibly relate to a line or two). It's definitely a must for any Toriphile. As far as I'm concerned, she's jumped through the window again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tori's seventh album is another exquisite gem in her Faerie Queen crown! She delivers just what listeners want, weaving her soprano vocals and lilting piano in a musical voyage across America. The limited edition packaging is fabulous, well worth a few extra dollars! This little box is full of magical souveniers from Scarlet's Walk!
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