'WANDERING SCARLET' NOT SCARED OF WALKING
November 27, 2002
Tori Amos / Scarlet’s Walk / Out Now
TORI Amos travelled the United States on a magical beat generation-style road trip to bring you this top quality ‘real’ music album.
Journeys are about experiencing something new but there is always a way to relate that new experience straight back to the traveller’s own life.
And so the wandering Scarlet in the tale is in fact Tori Amos, although the breadth of her experience makes it accessible to all — almost.
Here is something that will become a prized and oft-visited addition to any music collection.
It lends itself well for reflection even before you start to listen to the lyrics — pop it most certainly is not.
As Scarlet moves around the expansive area of the US she comes across a staggering number of personal, family and general directional conundrums.
In ‘Amber Waves’ she meets a porn star in her late 20s who has been devoured and aged before her time by an evil porn baron.
But the final message in the song is a positive one. There may not be any answers but at least the questions are being asked.
‘Power ballad’ is a description used to cover a lot of transient here today, gone tomorrow pap, but here though there is a forthright, honest clarity of sound and experience that will move most.
The breadth of this latest project and the tiny lives that make up the bigger picture give the album a ‘cinema of the fleeting moment’ kind of feel — the grand is the small and vice versa.
Get this album if you like to think, dream, snuggle or snarl. The emotional depth and maturity is matched by the quality of the music and singing.
Amos has mesmerised in the past and will do so again in the future — it is clear from the strong legs in Scarlet’s Walk.