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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998641228
  • Catalog Number: 86412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amber Waves (3:39)
  2. 2 A Sorta Fairytale (5:29)
  3. 3 Wednesday (2:29)
  4. 4 Strange (3:07)
  5. 5 Carbon (4:35)
  6. 6 Crazy (4:27)
  7. 7 Wampum Prayer (0:44)
  8. 8 Don't Make Me Come to Vegas (4:52)
  9. 9 Sweet Sangria (4:02)
  10. 10 Your Cloud (4:30)
  11. 11 Pancake (3:55)
  12. 12 I Can't See New York (7:16)
  13. 13 Mrs. Jesus (3:06)
  14. 14 Taxi Ride (4:01)
  15. 15 Antoher Girl's Paradise (3:36)
  16. 16 Scarlet's Walk (4:18)
  17. 17 Virginia (3:56)
  18. 18 Gold Dust (5:56)
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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
Jon Astley Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Come Back to New Mexico Tori

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori Is Terrific

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori is winding down

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori is Back!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sad To See So Few Reviews For Such a Fantastic Album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori's American Tale

    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!

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