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says her new Epic album "Scarlet's Walk" is about searching
for the true roots of America alongside a journey of self-discovery.
It's about the nation's reaction to Sept. 11, 2001. But perhaps most
intriguingly, it's about a "soul map," as the
singer/songwriter calls it, that is imprinted on each one of us and
shows the route of the most defining moments of our lives.
Acollege tour Amos
did after Sept. 11 last year played a prominent role in the creation
of the set. "I went on the road last year with different eyes
and when the masks were down," she offers. "That means
people were telling me things in letters, at the stage door; things
that you don't say when tomorrow's coming. Secrets that people were
holding were coming out."
With the deep emotional pull of such songs as "Your
Cloud," "I Can't See New York," the title track, and
"Gold Dust," "Scarlet's Walk" is Amos' most
cohesive and emotionally moving since her debut album, "Little
Earthquakes." As a bonus to fans, the disc will utilize Epic
parent Sony's proprietary ConnecteD technology as a key to unlock an
area on Amos' official Web site that will host everything from
unreleased music to photos, contests, and commentary by the
By JONATHAN COHEN,