Scarlet's Walk is the upcoming seventh studio album by the lovely and talented Tori Amos. The album was produced by Tori and will hit US stores on October 29, 2002, just in time for Halloween gift giving. It contains eighteen tracks, as well what proves to be a stunning multimedia portion. A special code on the disc will allow you to access a special web page which holds such things as a timeline and map of Scarlet's journey. The web site also houses some tracks that didn't make the final release.

The album itself is a story, the journey of Tori's alter ego, Scarlet. She begins her journey in LA and slowly makes her way east. . The tracks touch on everything from death, to love and redemption. When asked by an interviewer from CFNY 102.1 The Edge Interview (Toronto) she had this to say about the inspiration for this album.

Well, its been a - a busy year because, I think, touring after that tragedy happened and being in different parts of the country and then being in different parts of the world, you began to see people's impressions. How they saw the event and how they began to see the world. And that was really the key for me because people started asking questions like, why? Why shouldn't we ask The Question? And in some parts of America that wasn't a good thing - you were made to feel shameful if you said, "What did we do that would create this kind of hatred?" Besides that you have lunatics all over the place who just are malicious and will kill anybody without thinking about it - yeah, that, we know that - but people started asking these questions and so that started to spur on my own questioning. So, Scarlet is looking for what she believes in and who this being we call America is. Not the being that gets pimped out by our leaders or misrepresented - instead of being "Miss America" she gets to be "Miss Represented"
Each track is a vignette which makes up a touching story. The tracks tell everything from a story about a porn star, to the tale of a young girl on a flight which will never reach it's destination. Tori's friend author Neil Gaiman has had this to say about Scarlet's Walk.
America's in there, and specific places and things, Native American history and pornography and a girl on a plane who'll never get to New York, and Oliver Stone and Andrew Jackson and madness and a lot more. Not to mention a girl called Scarlet who may be the land and may be a person and may be a trail of blood.
So far the only song released has been A Sorta Fairytale, which has only been released as a promo so far. One listen and I was hooked. The music is Tori at her best and the lyrics are exactly what you would come to expect from this accomplished lyricist. In a recent interview with MIX 100 fm, Tori had this to say about the upcoming first release from Scarlet's Walk.
A Sorta Fariytale finds Scarlet back in LA with a man she has convinced herself is her life's soul mate. They take the big trip in the classic car up the Pacific Coast Highway and across the desert. But as they go on, the masks drop away and they discover the fantasy they have of each other isn't who they really are." They end up back where they started and Scarlet leaves. They did care. But somehow they lost each other. Which is why it's only A Sorta Fairytale...".
There are also some lyrics and snippets of the other songs out there if you look hard enough. This album has been carefully guarded to keep it off of the internet before the release date. Any critics or others lucky enough to get a promo copy have gotten not just the cd. All promos were sent out glued into a Walkman which has the earphones glued in as well to keep it from making the internet before it does the stores.

As I wait with great anticipation for it's release I am certain Scarlet's Walk will prove to be a turbulent yet ultimately beautiful ride.


Track List

Amber Waves
A Sorta Fairytale
Wednesday
Strange
Carbon
Crazy
Wampum Prayer
Don't Make Me Come To Vegas
Sweet Sangria
Your Cloud
Pancake
I Can't See New York
Mrs. Jesus
Taxi Ride
Another Girl's Paradise
Scarlet's Walk
Virginia
Gold Dust


References

www.thedent.com
www.hereinmyhead.com
www.neilgaiman.com
www.kimn100.com

Scarlet's Walk 
(2002) Epic Records

Tori Amos' seventh album, like all her products, is very different from all the others. This time she serves us a sweet mixture of tinkling piano and smooth, tangy words, softly accompanied by her usual band as well as the Sinfonia of London. The album is definitely more upbeat than most of her previous ones, which is easily understandable. While the others drew inspiration from experiences with rape, a break-up and a miscarriage, Tori went to work on this album as a happily married mother of a little girl. Clearly, things are bound to be different this time.

"...I think that this record is one of those records where rhythm wants to be there, so each record is different. You have to approach them as separate beings, each song is separate, but this is a whole, it's a story."

(Tori in a BBC 6 Radio interview, 10/09/02)

This album is friendly on the ears. It is filled with string arrangements, rhythm and harmony. To me this was a bit of a letdown the first time I listened to it: What about the unexpected turns of the music and the raw baring of the soul which I had learned to love Tori for? I mean, the words aren't even as slurred as usual! On the other hand, it sounds quite cool. I find myself rocking my head to the beat while working with other things. If it suddenly stops, something feels empty inside. And after a while, I find myself accepting the simplicity and listening to the stories. And they are not all fluff and candy.

"Scarlet, my character, goes to all the states, because she's taking a road trip ... The idea occurred while on the road last year, in the wake of the twins going down, and uh, I decided to tour, and started to see the country in a different way..there was a seed that was planted after the 11th, which was that people started seeing America as a soul, as a being. (Amos in a Kevin and Bean Interview, KROQ L.A., 08/19/02)

Scarlet's Walk is a woman's journey to discover America. A map sold with the CD shows which stretch of road goes with each song, or vice versa. Every state of the US is covered. The quest begins on the West Coast, and is a long one. Total playing time of the CD is 73 minutes, and there are 18 tracks.


Amber Waves
  a sorta fairytale
    Wednesday
       strange
          Carbon
             Crazy
                wampum prayer
                  don't make me come to Vegas
        Sweet Sangria
  your cloud
      pancake
        I can't see New York
           mrs. jesus
                 Taxi Ride
                       another girl's paradise
                  Scarlet's Walk
             Virginia
    gold dust

The album is written and produced by Tori Amos, who does all the vocals, plays the Bösendorfer, Wurlitzer, Arp and Rhodes.
The other musicians are Matt Chamberlain on drums, Jon Evans on bass guitar, Robbie McIntosh on electric and acoustic guitars and dobro, Mac Aladdin on electric acoustic guitars, John Philip Shenale on Chamberlin Flutes and responsible for the string arrangements, David Torn on electric loop guitar as well as electric and acoustic guitars, and the Sinfonia of London.


Scarlet's Walk is the title of the 16th track on the album.

"In the song, America is a young girl looking over the water at another young girl, who may be called France or Spain or England. She's curious so she invites them over. Pretty soon, they've moved in and taken everything - the husband, the house and the job - and the new sheriff is in charge."

The journey goes from Kansas to Arizona, through the former heartlands of the American Indians, including the capital of the Cherokee nation (Tori has some connection with this people as her grandmother's grandfather was a Cherokee). This land used to be sacred to the people who lived here, before they were forced to move. The song is calm and slow, and melancholic - but perhaps determined, more than sad. It remembers the history of the natives who lost their land, but at the same time, it looks to the future.

leaving terra... leaving terra...

If you're a thought
you will want me
to think you
and I did

and I did

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