Scarlet's Walk

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Scarlet's Walk
Studio album by Tori Amos
Released October 28, 2002 (UK)
Recorded Cornwall, winter 2001/spring 2002
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop
Length 74:09
Label Epic
Producer Tori Amos
Tori Amos chronology
Strange Little Girls
(2001)
Scarlet's Walk
(2002)
The Beekeeper
(2005)
Singles from Scarlet's Walk
  1. "A Sorta Fairytale"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Taxi Ride"
    Released: January 2003
  3. "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas"
    Released: May 27, 2003
  4. "Strange"
    Released: 2003

Scarlet's Walk is the seventh album released in singer-songwriter Tori Amos' solo career. The 18-track concept album details the cross-country travels of Scarlet, a character loosely based on Amos, as well as the concept of America post-September 11th (2001). The album was the first released by Amos on Epic Records after her split with former label Atlantic Records. After a period of trouble with her last label, Amos proved her fan base was still with her when the album debuted at US # 7,[1] selling 107,000 copies in its first week,[2] and reaching RIAA Gold status about a month after its release.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tori Amos. 

No. Title Length
1. "Amber Waves"   3:38
2. "A Sorta Fairytale"   5:30
3. "Wednesday"   2:29
4. "Strange"   3:05
5. "Carbon"   4:33
6. "Crazy"   4:23
7. "Wampum Prayer"   0:44
8. "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas"   4:51
9. "Sweet Sangria"   4:01
10. "Your Cloud"   4:30
11. "Pancake"   3:54
12. "I Can't See New York"   7:14
13. "Mrs. Jesus"   3:05
14. "Taxi Ride"   4:00
15. "Another Girl's Paradise"   3:34
16. "Scarlet's Walk"   4:16
17. "Virginia"   3:55
18. "Gold Dust"   5:54
Bonus DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Gold Dust" (Video Version) 5:44
2. "A Sorta Fairytale" (Single Edit) (Video Version) 3:59
3. "Taxi Ride" (Overlay with Polaroid feature.) 4:00
  • Polaroids
  • Commentary by Amos on Gold Dust and A Sorta Fairytale videos.

Singles and B-sides[edit]

Singles[edit]

The first single from the album was the track "A Sorta Fairytale" (released September 2002), which proved to be one of Amos's more successful singles, landing her in the US Top 10 Adult Contemporary chart. A commercial single was also released in the UK with a B-side entitled "Operation Peter Pan", based on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This served as the last commercial CD single of Amos' career to date.

"Taxi Ride," a partial homage to the late make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin, a friend of Amos' who died in May 2002, served as the second single from the album. An on-line contest was held asking fans to direct and submit a music video for the song. The song reached the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart in the US. The third single, "Strange," was released to radio in a redone version that was given a Country and Western feel with twangy guitars and additional vocals. A Timo Maas dance remix of "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas" served as the fourth single continued Amos' fortunes on the dance charts. Of the last three singles, only the latter was released commercially, exclusively on a 12" vinyl single in the US.

B-sides[edit]

The album, as with most of Amos' albums, is also known for its collection of original B-sides. Amos recorded a host of songs that did not make the album, but were released as B-sides to various singles or performed live in concerts.

Title Single/EP
"Operation Peter Pan" "A Sorta Fairytale" (2002)
"Mountain" "Scarlet's Web" download (2002)
"Tombigbee" Scarlet's Hidden Treasures (2004)
"Bug a Martini"
"Ruby Through the Looking Glass"
"Apollo's Frock"
"Seaside"
"Indian Summer"

Theme description[edit]

According to author Neil Gaiman, "The CD's about America -- it's a story that's also a journey, that begins in LA and crosses the country, slowly heading east. America's in there, and specific places and things, Native American history and pornography and a girl on a plane who'll never get to New York, and Oliver Stone and Andrew Jackson and madness and a lot more. Not to mention a girl called Scarlet who may be the land and may be a person and may be a trail of blood." The song Amber Waves is named after Julianne Moore's character in Boogie Nights.[4]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
Billboard 200 (U.S.) 7
Billboard Top Internet Albums (U.S.) 1
Official UK Album Chart (UK) 26
German Top 100 Album Chart (Germany) 9
Polish Top Selling 50 (Poland) 10
Australian ARIA Chart (Australia) 20
Austrian Album Chart (Austria) 26
Belgian Top 40 Chart (Belgium) 38
Top 100 Album Chart (Canada) 13
Danish Album Chart (Denmark) 32
Irish Album Chart (Ireland) 24
Finnish Album Chart (Finland) 20
French IFOP chart (France) 32
The Album Top 100 (the Netherlands) 17
New Zealand's Top 50 (New Zealand) 45
Official Sales Chart (Norway) 30
Swiss Album Chart (Switzerland) 21

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak positions
Billboard Hot 100
[5]
Adult Top 40
[5]
R&R's Triple A Airplay (U.S.)
[5]
Hot Dance Music/Club Play
[6]
Hot Dance Singles Sales (U.S.)
[5]
UK Top 75
[5]
Canadian Singles German Top 100 Singles
2002 "A Sorta Fairytale" 114∞ 11 35 1 9* 41 6 98
2003 "Taxi Ride" 35 17
2003 "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas" (remix) 6 12
  • Billboard Hot Single Sales chart/ 2003 *

∞ - Denotes position on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^
Summaries

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[8]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[10]
Blender 5/5 stars[11]
Entertainment Weekly D−[12]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[8][13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin (9/10)[15]
Stylus Magazine C+[16]
Uncut 4/5 stars[8]

Release history[edit]

In addition to the standard CD release, a limited edition of Scarlet’s Walk was released in a special box set containing the album, a bonus DVD, a map detailing Scarlet's journey, stickers, a bracelet-charm and mock Polaroid postcards. The album also provided entry to "Scarlet's Web" a web site that was the sole source for special concert ticket offers, photos, merchandise, and unreleased B-side tracks. The elaborate packaging of the limited edition version of the album garnered Amos a Grammy nomination. The UK limited edition did not include a charm bracelet as the The Official Charts Company declared it would have been an unfair incentive to purchase the album, otherwise sales of the record would not have been chart eligible.

In an attempt to prevent Internet trading of the album, Amos, in conjunction with her husband and crew, used glue to bind closed portable CD players containing the album. These were then distributed to the press on the understanding that they would be returned within forty-eight hours. If an attempt was made to open the player, both it and the disc inside would shatter. The success of this attempt was so great that the record industry began to follow suit. As an additional incentive to buy the album rather than download its contents illicitly, the CD also served as a key to access "Scarlet's Web", a website which featured several songs ("Tombigbee", "Seaside", "Mountain") as well as various photographs and journal entries that were not available elsewhere.

Region Date
UK October 28, 2002
USA October 29, 2002
Denmark
France
Germany
Australia
Italy
Mexico

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Beat Bonus". 2002-11-08. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  2. ^ "E! News Em's "8 Mile" Outstrips Christina". E! Online. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Scarlet's Walk was officially certified Gold". 2002-12-05. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  4. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2002-10-31). "Amos' 'Walk' goes in search of America's soul". USA Today. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Scarlet's Walk - Chart News for the album and singles". The Dent. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Tori Amos chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Tori Amos – Scarlet's Walk". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ a b c d Critic reviews at Metacritic
  9. ^ AllMusic Review
  10. ^ The Austin Chronicle Review
  11. ^ Blender Review[dead link]
  12. ^ Entertainment Weekly Review
  13. ^ PopMatters Review
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Spin Review
  16. ^ Stylus Magazine Review

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