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A good review of Scarlet's Walk appears in the November 9, 2002 edition of the London Free Press. Thanks to Lucy for sending it to The Dent.


"I'm lost here . . . in a place called America," claims Tori Amos on Scarlet's Walk. Don't believe it for a minute.

We'll concede she's away from home -- Scarlet's Walk is a concept album/musical novel/travelogue in which Amos casts herself as the title character, a woman wandering across post-9/11 America in search of herself.

But if you think Amos is roaming around aimlessly here, you're kidding yourself. As always, she seems to have an innate sense of direction, letting her '70s piano-pop instincts guide her as she moves through various emotional states and spins earthy, compelling short stories about porn starlets, plane-crash widows and other disenfranchised, alienated casualties of modern society. And as they drive all night and chow down in roadside diners while searching for love and meaning in their lives, Tori leads us on a scenic journey through her own private land of hope and dreams -- and offers us perhaps the most compelling and least forced album of her career.

Sit back and enjoy the trip.

Darryl Sterdan, Special to The Free Press

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