Scarlet's Walk [Bonus DVD]

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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 ...
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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. [Also released with a bonus DVD featuring audio commentary for the songs on Scarlet's Walk.]
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: 696998693920
  • Catalog Number: 86939

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 Another Girl's Paradise (3:36)
  16. 16 Scarlet's Walk (4:18)
  17. 17 Virginia (3:56)
  18. 18 Gold Dust (5:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gold Dust
  2. 2 A Sorta Fairytale
  3. 3 Taxi Ride
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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 Drums
John Philip Shenale Flute
David Firman Conductor
Mac Aladdin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Hayley West Voices
Technical Credits
Jon Astley Mastering
Tori Amos Composer, 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
Jeff Fulvimari Illustrations
Kurt Markus Filmmaker
Henry Gilbert Accounting
Kryssy Bloch Producer
Chris Lenz Producer, Executive Producer
Chelsea Laird Personal Assistant
Wild Horse Representation
Sheri Lee Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    good... but

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Total Fairytale

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Fearie Goddess Does It Again

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another must-have for any Tori fan

    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. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Goddess does it again!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must For All Toriphiles!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori Amos: Female Godess

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tori's American Tale

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to Basics.

    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.

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