This article comes from The Record, a New Jersey newspaper, dated February 28, 2003. There is a black and white photo of Tori that accompanies it with a caption under it that reads, "On her new album, Tori Amos says she's 'exploring a world people think they know about but that's usually far from the truth.'"
This article is in the Go! section of the paper, which is the entertainment section that has all the details about upcoming concerts. The article is meant to inform everyone of Tori's upcoming Radio City shows in New York. Many thanks to Mike Traynor and Lucy for sending it to the Dent.
Trip across America
Tori Amos takes 'Scarlet' down a melodic path
by Ed Condran
It was evident after the release of Tori Amos's third album, 1996's "Boys for Pele," that the quirky flame-haired recording artist was shifting gears.
It was the start of a period in which Amos experimented with abstract arrangements, double albums, and obscure covers. It caused some of the vocalist-pianist's fan base to abandon her, longing for the classic song structure she had delivered on her first two albums, 1992's acclaimed "Little Earthquakes" and 1994's gorgeous "Under the Pink."
Those fans will be happy to know that Amos's latest album, "Scarlet's Walk," marks a return to the days of "Pink." The disc (on Epic) is a warm, melodic work, which follows a woman's physical and spiritual journey across America. Coming off like a sonic novel, "Scarlet" floats from city to city, encountering new lovers and experiences.
"'Scarlet' sometimes has everything to do with me and sometimes she has nothing to do with me," Amos said in a call from Boca Raton, Fla.
The disc's catchy "Amber Waves" kicks off the album, inspired by one of the characters of the film "Boogie Nights" as well as a porn star Amos met.
"I'm exploring a world people think they know about but that's usually far from the truth," she said.
"Sweet Sangria" finds Scarlet in Austin, Texas, where she briefly falls for a Latin revolutionary.
"She can't fight his battle," Amos said. "She believes in his cause but can't load the gun. She doesn't believe in the death of innocents, which mirrors how I feel about what may happen [in Iraq]."
But "I Can't See New York" is the most eerie and poignant track. Scarlet witnesses a plane crash in midair. Amos wrote the song a few months before 9/11.
Amos, 39, will showcase tunes from her new effort at sold-out shows Thursday through Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. All shows will kick off with the atmospheric "Wampum Prayer," followed by the compelling "A Sorta Fairytale."
Throughout the conversation, Amos made occasional references to her tour merchandise.
"You just have to see it," she said. The North Carolina native, who splits time between England and South Florida, finally couldn't help but note what is printed on her tour shirt.
"It says 'Trim Your Bush' and there's a rendering on there you have to see," she said. "The shirt reflects how I feel about the war. The world is a pretty fragile place. We can't just go off and destroy people. It's not just me who feels this way. Just ask Scarlet and she'll tell you the same thing."
WHO: Tori Amos.
WHAT: Alternative rock.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, next Friday, and March 8.
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 50th Street and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan. (212)
HOW MUCH: Sold out.