The Tragic Treasury

December 9, 2008 | Format: MP3

$13.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 9, 2006
  • Release Date: October 9, 2006
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2006 Nonesuch Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 41:05
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  • ASIN: B0011ZWA06
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,908 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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These songs are great, very quirky and fun.
J. Johnson
My daughter LOVES these songs and plays them all the time!
S. Hall
It was the greatest thing I have ever seen!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Caudill III on October 10, 2006
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...and one of Stephin Merritt's most memorable, and by far the funniest. On this album he is doing what he does best: being a glum old curmudgeon-popster with tongue wedged squarely in cheek. No knowledge of the Lemony Snicket books is needed. There are a number of direct references in several of the songs, but the lyrics stand on their own quite well, particular in numbers such as Freakshow, Shipwrecked, How Do You Slow This Thing Down?, and A Million Mushrooms. Expect an expertly crafted mixture of glum yet surprisingly catchy arrangements coupled with more of Merritt's hilariously morose lyrics. Highly recommended!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ron Heck on October 13, 2006
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The second I heard the song, "Crows," I knew I had to own this album. I know nothing of Lemony Snicket books, but I've a been a Magnetic Fields fan for awhile. So, after very awkwardly browsing the childrens' section at the bookstore, I was able to find a copy of this really great album. I was very happily surprised to find that this CD is more in line with Merritt's great early nineties albums (like Holiday, Wasps' Nests, and The New Despair) rather than i or (shudder) Showtunes. This is a great mix of synths and traditional instruments (if you consider an electric sitar "traditional"). The lyrics are very depressing/weird/funny/moving depending on the song, though some are all four.

Even though I did my research on this album before I got it, I'm stilll astonished as to how good it really is. I wasn't excited for the next Magnetic Fields album next Spring, but now I am. The only thing I can equate this to is when another great indie artist, Mark Mulcahy, put out a disc of Polaris songs for The Adventure of Pete and Pete (they're completely different save for sheer quality). I can't say for sure if Lemony Snicket fans will really dig these songs as much as I do, since I'm already a fan. However, I haven't read any of the Snicket books, but now I really want to.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2006
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I had the great "misfortune" to see some of these tunes performed live by Daniel Handler (on accordian) and Stephin Merrit (Lemony Snicket was supposed to play percussion but he was detained... long story... you get it if you know about the books). It was the greatest thing I have ever seen! If you have the chance to catch Lemony Snicket on tour, do it! And get the CD, you will be very, very firmly depressed and miserable. It's the perfect accompaniment to this series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Ryan on October 30, 2006
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I may not be a kid, but I know when something is fun! If you're a parent, then you are probably familiar with "A Series of Unfortunate Events." I haven't read a single one of the books from this series, but my son read all thirteen (and counting?), so there is obviously something about their humor and style that is addictive. The same can be said of "The Tragic Treasury," a collection of clever songs inspired by the book series. Grown-ups may know Stephin Merritt as the brains behind Magnetic Fields, his ambitious recording nom-de-plume that a few years back offered a fabulous 3-disk set called "69 Love Songs." The literacy and deadpan emotional investment of that collection earned "69 Love Songs" a place on many critics `best of' lists. Since then, his chameleonic nature has him peeking from behind corners under various guises, including the 6ths and Future Bible Heroes. The Gothic Archies is simply his latest, and funniest, disguise, as a composer with a penchant for black humor.

So we have a conundrum. Kids know the books but not the musician. A few discerning adults know the artist but not the book series. So, let's address that situation immediately; Kids don't need to know the musician to recognize the humorous tone of these songs, and adults don't need to read the books to be hooked, either. These songs may work great as an accompaniment to the young adult books, but the songs are genuinely entertaining in their own right. As I said, I never read a single volume, but there are points when Merritt makes me laugh out loud. Heck, just reading the band-name makes me laugh. Here's just a sampling of his lyrical style, taken from a rhythmic carnival ride entitled "The World Is a Very Scary Place";

"The world is a very scary place, I hear.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Coffill on December 27, 2006
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...I blasted this music on my front porch for Halloween this year. It scared kids away.

This is really clever, creepy and fun.
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For the Stephin Meritt completist, which I am, a collection of more tiny gems from the master. It's as much a Lemony Snickets project as a Gothic Archie's release, but several songs, led by "How Do You Slow This Thing Down", wouldn't be out of place on a Magnetic Fields album and the self-celebratory "We Are The Gothic Archies", which ends the CD, is the kind of fun Meritt fans are willing to allow the songwriter.
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Stephen Merit and Daniel Handler do an amazing job executing songs to illustrate the series of books. Though the gothic undertone and gloomy heartshattered feel may not be for everybody, a true fan of the series would revel in the tone that matches the novels to a tee. I recommend it to any fan of ASOUE, The Baudelaire Orphans, or Lemony Snicket in general, and note that "Smile, No One Care's How You Feel," is definitely my favorite song off this set.
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