Marcelo Krasilcic

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January 27, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

After a detour into the aptly named Distortion in 2008, Stephin Merritt returns to chamber pop with Realism. The twinkling arrangements sound like something out of a child’s music box, even as they mask sobering despair and twisted observations about the absurdity of it all. The delicate melodies — sung by Merritt and various innocents, including longtime collaborator Claudia Gonson — ?make all the psychic mayhem go down smoothly, barely leaving a trace of blood on the floor. A

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