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The Gothic Archies

  • The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events [Nonesuch, 2006] A-

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The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events [Nonesuch, 2006]
Hard to believe when the creepy-comic opener, "Scream and Run Away," is topped by the closer, an all-time classic novelty with the unpromising title "We Are the Gothic Archies," as in "Are the Gothic Archies we? Oh, are we ever they!" But 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, as on "How Do You Slow This Thing Down?" (please, not slower, eeek!). Said baritone is perfect for the deadpan horror of "Crows," however. He's the scariest boy on the Lower East Side. A-