The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events Image
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  • Summary: The first album for the latest "band" from Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt (he's pretty much solo here) is intended as a companion to Lemony Snicket's series of books.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Though smarty-pants Lemony Snicket fans may get references I miss, in between there are times when Stephin Merritt's monotonous low baritone seems merely inexpressive.
  2. Spin
    80
    [His] most consistently entertaining album since 1999's 69 Love Songs. [Dec 2006, p.96]
  3. The Tragic Treasury may be Merritt's most consistent album since 2000's remarkable 69 Love Songs - it's packed with fantastic melodies and mordant lyrical wit.
  4. Merritt doesn't deviate from his signature lo-fi synth pop and brooding vocals, but he certainly sounds like he's having a whole lot of fun.
  5. Merritt's lyrical dark wit chimes nicely with the books' macabre surrealism.
  6. Uncut
    60
    It's both Gothic and arch, meaningless and amusing. [Nov 2006, p.110]
  7. The Tragic Treasury is rarely charming: instead of being faux funereal, dirges like "Dreary, Dreary" and "Things Are Not What They Appear" are just funereal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. alexf
    Jul 25, 2007
    9
    Great album. It was so creative.
  2. HaroldC
    Oct 20, 2006
    8
    A very good album from Stephin Merritt.