The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 2006
Recorded2000–2006 at Mother West and Polar West, New York City
GenreIndie pop
Length41:18
LabelNonesuch
ProducerThe Gothic Archies
The Gothic Archies chronology
The New Despair
(1997)
The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events
(2006)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
IGN7.9/10[4]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A–[5]
The Observer3/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork7.8/10[7]
Slant2.5/5 stars[8]
Spin4/5 stars[9]

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 inspired by 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 are written by Stephin Merritt.

No.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
14."Walking My Gargoyle"2:38
15."We Are The Gothic Archies"2:56

Personnel[edit]

The Gothic Archies
Additional personnel

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events by The Gothic Archies". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  2. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events - Gothic Archies". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2006-10-05). "CD: The Gothic Archies, The Tragic Treasury". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  4. ^ D, Spence (2006-10-13). "The Gothic Archies - The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events". IGN. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2006-12-01). "Consumer Guide: December 2006". MSN Music. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. ^ Merritt, Stephanie (2006-09-17). "CD: The Gothic Archies, The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events". The Observer. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  7. ^ Trousse, Stephen (2006-12-11). "The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  8. ^ Newlin, Jimmy (2006-10-09). "Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events". Slant. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  9. ^ Walters, Barry (December 2006). "The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 96. Retrieved 2018-09-10.

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