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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.

Customer Reviews

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.


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.

I know I'll take heat for this...

...but this really is not even close to being one of my favorite Tori albums. Don't get me wrong- I own all of her albums and think this one has some definite gems ('a sorta fairytale,' 'pancake,' 'your cloud,' taxi ride') I just think it's a safe, somewhat bland album in comparison to the others. Nothing sticks out to me as particularly mindblowing. In fact, the things I tend to remember are the things I dislike (like some of the lyrics that seem so midle of the road to me. "Blue isn't red, everybody knows this" just doesn't do it for me.) But please don't take this as a bash of any sort. I'll still take this over half of the mindless stuff on the radio these days. As an avid Tori fan, I just tend to like stuff that REALLY pushes it and isn't so safe. I remember being really bored at the show for this tour. However, I've LOVED some of the re-worked live versions of these songs immensely in more recent years. Now, that being said, I'm sure she still created the album she really wanted with this effort, which I give her endless amounts of credit for. So long as the artist evolves and puts out things they're proud to stand behind, I'm for it. It's just a matter of personal taste for me. Boys for Pele was the one that really reeled me in. Maybe that gives you a better idea of where I'm coming from?


Born: August 22, 1963 in Newton, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos) was one of several female singer/songwriters who combined the stark, lyrical attack of alternative rock with a distinctly '70s musical approach, creating music that fell between the orchestrated meditations of Kate Bush and the stripped-down poetics of Joni Mitchell. In addition, she revived the singer/songwriter traditions of the '70s while re-establishing the piano as a rock & roll instrument. With her 1992 album Little Earthquakes, Amos built a dedicated following...
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