The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Studio album by The Gothic Archies
Released October 10, 2006
Recorded 2000–2006 at Mother West and Polar West, New York City
Genre Indie pop
Length 41:18
Label Nonesuch
Producer The Gothic Archies
The Gothic Archies chronology
The New Despair
(1997)The New Despair1997
The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
IGN 7.9/10[4]
MSN Music A–[5]
The Observer 3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[7]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[8]

The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events is the second and most recent studio album by indie pop band The Gothic Archies. It is a concept album whose songs are loosely based on the thirteen books of Daniel Handler's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events and were originally included at the end of the audiobook editions of each novel.

The music, like the writing in the books themselves, is morose for comic effect. Some of the songs' lyrics have something to do with the story itself and are often implicitly written in the voice of one of the corresponding book's characters; for example, "When You Play the Violin" is apparently in the voice of one of the book's five orphans, most likely Klaus, while "Dreary, Dreary" appears to be an ode to Beatrice, Lemony Snicket's ill-fated love interest. Others' connections seem to be in name only; for example, "Shipwrecked", The End's song, is about a man who decapitates his ship's crew in an attempt to be shipwrecked on an island with his true love, only to discover that there is no island anywhere nearby.

The album has 13 tracks, each one corresponding to the respective book of the series, plus two bonus tracks: "Walking My Gargoyle" (the theme originally intended to be from The Carnivorous Carnival) and "We Are the Gothic Archies".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephin Merritt.

No. Title Length
1. "Scream and Run Away" 2:25
2. "In the Reptile Room" 2:14
3. "The World Is a Very Scary Place" 2:25
4. "Dreary, Dreary" 2:41
5. "When You Play the Violin" 3:53
6. "This Abyss" 3:06
7. "Crows" 2:41
8. "Smile! No One Cares How You Feel" 1:51
9. "Freakshow" 2:56
10. "How Do You Slow This Thing Down?" 3:11
11. "A Million Mushrooms" 1:58
12. "Things Are Not What They Appear" 3:46
13. "Shipwrecked" 2:37
Total length: 41:18
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Walking My Gargoyle" 2:38
15. "We Are The Gothic Archies" 2:56


The Gothic Archies
Additional personnel

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