But the New York Times' Nate Chinen put together a solid review of their Town Hall show.
Describing Stephin Merritt, he writes,
His cleverness as a songwriter — the oldfangled alchemy of wit, craft and subtext that tends to get coded as drollness — serves partly as a safeguard, keeping pathos at a manageable remove.I really like the clause defining drollness.
But then he really captures Merritt here:
At one point Ms. [Claudia] Gonson observed that in “Realism,” Mr. Merritt had finally made an album to match his muted wardrobe. Mr. Merritt received this assessment grumblingly, an earth-toned Eeyore.An earth-toned Eeyore indeed!