Bookish pre-teens and indie-pop hipsters aren't usually part of the same demographic, but leave it to Lemony Snicket to bridge that gap with the help of Magnetic Fields songwriter Stephin Merritt. Through the first dozen books in his Series of Unfortunate Events, Snicket -- known in the real world as author and accordion player Daniel Handler -- has been spinning woeful and wildly popular tales of adventure. Now, arriving alongside the 13th and final installment (appropriately titled The End), this companion album collects the songs Merritt his written for each audiobook volume in the series, along with two additional tracks. His hilariously grim lyrics and fiendishly clever music are a perfect match for Handler's twisted comic vision, but also a natural pendant to the songs he's been recording with his other bands for years. Credited to the Gothic Archies -- Merritt's goth-bubblegum pop group, which also introduced us to the horrible glories of The New Despair on a previous outing -- The Tragic Treasury will have you giddily crooning along to Merritt's memorable tunes, even when he's singing of "disgust and despair and dismay," warning that "Even babies lie," or promising that "Everyone you despise will die, so smile!" There's a somber edge to some of the synth-pop sounds -- and, as always, to Merritt's unmistakably croaky voice -- but the musical gloom is always conveyed with a light touch, especially in the surprisingly sweet melodic hooks of "Walking My Gargoyle." Merritt has always had a gift for aptly ironic wordplay, but the irreverent prose of Lemony Snicket has inspired some of the most wickedly amusing songs of his career.