The Tragic Treasury may be Merritt's most consistent album since 2000's remarkable 69 Love Songs - it's packed with fantastic melodies and mordant lyrical wit.
[His] most consistently entertaining album since 1999's 69 Love Songs. [Dec 2006, p.96]
What's surprising is that The Tragic Treasury turns out to be the most consistently enjoyable record Merritt has released this century.
It's both Gothic and arch, meaningless and amusing. [Nov 2006, p.110]