18 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2002’s Scarlet’s Walk, Tori Amos calms down. She’s still plenty freaky, reveling in character and indulging her wordplay and imagery with a preciousness that’s pure Tori, but she’s also streamlining her music. The avant-garde twists of Boys For Pele, the rock-aggression of From the Choirgirl Hotel, the eclectic and varied approach of the cover tune collection Strange Little Girls, and her always present piano ballads are thrown together to meld as one. From the gorgeous, ultimately catchy, opener “Amber Waves,” Amos is on a journey through America to find herself. However, while her music has a clear determination here to resolve itself on addictive melodies, Amos is content to observe and detail the journey with her various voices exploring the edges. She can purr (“Crazy”), she can rage (“Taxi Ride”), and she can write a pop song (“A Sorta Fairytale”) all without losing herself. She can be elliptical on her piano (“Wednesday”), dark and funky with her rhythm section (“Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas”), or ethereal (“Pancake”), reflecting on everything from Led Zeppelin to Joni Mitchell while remaining clearly Tori.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2002’s Scarlet’s Walk, Tori Amos calms down. She’s still plenty freaky, reveling in character and indulging her wordplay and imagery with a preciousness that’s pure Tori, but she’s also streamlining her music. The avant-garde twists of Boys For Pele, the rock-aggression of From the Choirgirl Hotel, the eclectic and varied approach of the cover tune collection Strange Little Girls, and her always present piano ballads are thrown together to meld as one. From the gorgeous, ultimately catchy, opener “Amber Waves,” Amos is on a journey through America to find herself. However, while her music has a clear determination here to resolve itself on addictive melodies, Amos is content to observe and detail the journey with her various voices exploring the edges. She can purr (“Crazy”), she can rage (“Taxi Ride”), and she can write a pop song (“A Sorta Fairytale”) all without losing herself. She can be elliptical on her piano (“Wednesday”), dark and funky with her rhythm section (“Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas”), or ethereal (“Pancake”), reflecting on everything from Led Zeppelin to Joni Mitchell while remaining clearly Tori.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

liftinman ,

Grew to be my favorite...

I first checked out this album from the library to give it a listen when it first came out and thought it was good. At the time I never thought to buy it.

A couple years later I was back in my hometown and, upon leaving, wanted to buy some music for the 10-hour drive I had ahead. I stopped at a music store and picked up about 4 CDs. Since I had all of Tori's other albums, I decided to buy this one then just to complete my collection. I played the other CDs first, but still had about 7 hours left in the trip, so I popped in this Tori CD. I don't know what I was thinking the first time I checked this album out ffrom the library, but during that last 7 hours I must've played this CD about 6 times and got totally addicted to it.

The music does seem to harken back to her earlier years, but was new and fresh. The texture of the music and words is awesome and becomes moreso after each listen. If you haven't heard it, I highly recommend it and, like me, make sure you give it more than one listen. Trust me, I'd be willing to bet it grows to be one of your favorite Tori albums as well.

I don't think there is a single song on the album that I don't like, but "I Can't See New York" has to be my favorite if I could only pick one song.

Jay Huska ,

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The concept, lyrics and mood of this album set it apart from every other Amos work. For the first time, I feel as though I can say she got it right. Every track finds its place amongst the crowd, and none are poor enough to call a "tag- along."

It is Scarlet's Walk that introduces Tori's greatest hit in recent years-- "A Sorta Fairytale." For that alone, I recommend this entire work. You'll get lost within this one. However, if you are still unsure, don't take my advice. Listen to "Strange," "Pancake, "I Can't See New York" and "Taxi Ride" and make the call yourself.

I've yet to see Tori top this one.

Dannymand ,

Tori puts it all together

This is Tori's most disciplined and intelligent effort to date. While Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink are arguably it's equal, Scarlet's Walk, in addition to being brilliant, is just so listenable and coherent.

Tori avoids her occasional tendency to overextend her welcome, with most songs under 41/2 minutes. Of the three longer songs, only the A Sorta Fairytale might be better if a little shorter. The other two, I Can't See New York and Gold Dust are among her best works ever, as are Strange (with gorgeous and memorable lyrics) and Don't Make Me Come to Vegas. Her two subsequent albums, while having their moments, haven't live up to the standard she set here. Enjoy it.

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