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The Tragic Treasury [CD]

Gothic Archies, Lemony Snicket, Stephin Merritt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Scream and Run Away 2:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In the Reptile Room 2:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The World Is a Very Scary Place 2:250.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. When You Play the Violin 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This Abyss 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Crows 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Smile! No One Cares How You Feel 1:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Freakshow 2:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. How Do You Slow This Thing Down? 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Million Mushrooms 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Things Are Not What They Appear 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Shipwrecked 2:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Walking My Gargoyle 2:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. We Are the Gothic Archies 2:560.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to End it All 17 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bought this with The End. It helped relieve the depression of finishing it all. It's a bit like some gothic renanimation of some awful eighties synth pop gone glum. It would be unremarkable perhaps if we were in the eighties but thankfully we aren't. Actually I really like it. It's fun. The lyrics are fantastic some great rhymes in there - a must for anyone who loves the books - fabulously dark humour. Really love Scream and Run Away, The World is a Very Scary Place, Crows and Walking My Gargoyle. Buy the CD rather than downloading as you get artwork from the books (the songs are based on the 13 books) and all the lyrics. If you're a fan you'll be singing along in the car like we are! Lemony and Merritt if you read your reviews please come and tour the UK together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aces! 23 Nov 2008
By Helly
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this album - I've listened to it quite a lot. If you've listened to the audio-books this is definitely worth adding to your collection. The songs are fun & the rhymes are interesting. It's a bit dark but different.
My favourite song is Shipwrecked!
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By uncle barbar TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I listened to the Audio book versions of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and these weird Gothic Songs kept coming up at the s6tart and end of the books. I grew very fond of these songs so had to get hold of them - and here they are on this CD.

I just love a few of the songs: In the Reptile Room caught my ear first of all and them "There were Crows, Crows, Crows everwhere. The Freakshow song also has some wonderful lines.

Gothic, a little spooky/scary and very amusing - I love it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gothic Archies' strongest outing yet... 11 Oct 2006
By R. P. Caudill - Published on
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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!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange, twisted, and funny 14 Oct 2006
By Ron Heck - Published on
Format:Audio CD
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this live 22 Oct 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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands on its Own Merits!! 30 Oct 2006
By Thomas D. Ryan - Published on
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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.

It's hurled and it's twirled through outer space, I fear.

So many ways to lose your skin in it

The number of ways to die is infinite."

Maudlin? Sure, but its bleakness is exactly what makes it so entertaining. Elsewhere, he addresses the `Gothic' mentality with such wit that it would disarm the most dedicated misanthrope. Using a lyrical structure that you may recognize from an old hit song designed to cheer people up, he sings

"Smile, no one cares how you feel.

Be vicious, vain and vile.

Everything's yours to steal if you'll just smile".

Sung in a stately baritone that is at times spooky but always wry, Merritt is a veritable king of deadpan comedy. I figured "A Series of Unfortunate Events"" to be kid stuff, but if "The Tragic Treasury" accurately reflects the tone of the books, I'm wrong. Dead wrong. A- Tom Ryan
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun and creepy 28 Dec 2006
By H. Coffill - Published on
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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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