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When All Else Fails

by TyLean

Voice/Piano/Guitar. Hauntingly Beautiful, a morbidly depressed Tori Amos.
Genre: Avant Garde: Avant-Americana
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1. Unsaid
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2. Feel
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3. Do Nyanono
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4. Green
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5. Pages & Keys
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Album Notes
Although "When All Else Fails" is an EP, this album comes in a jewel case with a 4-panel, full color jacket.

TyLean (vocalist, pianist, and self-proclaimed cello rapist) comes with a disclaimer: Not for the casual listener! In a culture of genres, sub-genres and niches grouping “like-minded” music lovers together, TyLean's meticulously collected fan base share only one common thread: they are all passionate music fans. These are the music fans who give their undivided attention to their musical selections and wouldn't dream of abusing their carefully devised catalogues by playing them as background music.

Since releasing her début, When All Else Fails (EP) in 2005, TyLean has travelled an arduous path in the music business, geographically and emotionally. Her initial musical creations featuring soft, relaxing piano and an ethereal voice accompanied by lyrics that rejoiced in the death of her friends often left listeners throwing their hands in the air with confusion. The songs from the When All Else Fails era can best be described as haunting versions of Tori Amos or Kate Bush.

Between 10 and 2, TyLean's sophomore album, was anticipated to deliver a more commercially acceptable repertoire after the confused reception of When All Else Fails (EP). On the contrary, nothing could have prepared the casual listener for Between 10 and 2, written and recorded in TyLean's native Pennsylvania during the summer of 2007. The songs being far more complex in musical technicality and structure than the When All Else Fails era left the casual listeners even more aloof and the attentive musos feeling as though they had found a great treasure. Songs like “Corner of My Eye” and “Spiders” demonstrated a clear break from mental stability and reality, while “Rosalyn,” the re-creation of a nightmare and the birth-mother of cello rape, could be described as nothing less than disturbing, possibly even revolting. TyLean moved to Bristol, England following the completion of Between 10 and 2, where she released the album in December of 2007.

TyLean's 2010 release, The Unforgivable, the Unforgettable, was written in Bristol in 2008 but took nearly two years to record and release due to the nomadic lifestyle TyLean had acquired. Incessantly moving about the United Kingdom and Ireland, she eventually took root in London, finding a new challenge in taming her phobic performance anxiety. TyLean decided that the best way to learn how to swim was to dive right in, and she recorded her third album in front of a live audience in a single night at an event titled “One Unforgivable, Unforgettable Night with TyLean” at the legendary George Tavern in London. Some of the songs included on The Unforgivable, the Unforgettable feature a return to the simplistic writing style of the When All Else Fails era but with new, luscious vocals enriched by age and experience.

After a period of being Gothic band Attrition's touring vocalist, audiences, enthralled with her hypnotic and powerful voice, became curious about TyLean's unusual solo career. Her stock as performer exploded as word spread that a TyLean show is an intimate, intense experience unlike any other. In February 2011, TyLean toured the UK with San Francisco's Unwoman. In April, TyLean will return to Canada, one of her strongest fan bases, for another tour followed by two appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in August.


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Bill Hixson

beautiful, totally immersive! Buy now!
It's hard to be a female singer these days. In a world full of bleached blond bimbos, TyLean puts out an honest musical statement, on her own terms. The effect throughout is unapologetically beautiful, totally immersive and often
crushingly moving.

TyLean wrote every single song on this disc. She plays piano very well and sings like an angel. The only problem I see, is how is she going to top this with her next album. With TyLean's endless supply of talent I'm sure she'll impress and entertain us all over again.


This is a melodic CD with killer vocals and awesome piano.
This CD reaches to the innermost aggressions that we all have buried within us and releases them with the lyrics, however, the voice that releases them is of an angel.

Diane Silks

Excellent vocal stylings and creativity. A must hear!!
Tylean is a very diverse and talented vocalist/songwriter. She really expresses her emotions in this Cd and it shows. I give her an A+ for this album. Excellent job. I definitely recommend this anyone.


Way to go!
A lot of time and effort were put forth in the making of this EP. Each track has its own unique sound. TyLean has entered the music scene with a bang and "When All Else Fails" is a CD that should be picked up. Even if her style of music isn't for you give it a listen, you might find that you like it. TyLean's piano playing and songwriting ability on this record make it stand out.


utterly haunting
TyLean is a true artist, and every note on this CD proves it. There is nothing commercial about her, or about this CD. TyLean's voice bears no resemblance to the cutesy, wimpy vocals of today's female singers.... this is a voice with real power, even when it's restrained. Her music has a deep effect on the emotions... every song is absolutely haunting; I find them floating through my head at all hours of the day and night. All in all, I can only say...I eagerly await the next installment.

Shannon Flynn

Dark, deep, passionately felt and well-executed.
On When All Else Fails, TyLean delivers dark themes wrapped in a sweet, ethereal sound. In a mellifluous voice that seems as if it should be coming from a source bigger and older than the kittenish pixie on the album cover, TyLean injects new depth into stock songwriter themes of love, betrayal and fiery vengeance. In Unsaid, her haunting voice is an eerie lullaby. Do Nyanono draws the listener in, almost lulling them into a dream state before erupting into a louder, faster tempo, her voice reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde. TyLean also seems to channel Tori Amos and Darling Violetta throughout the course of the five-song album. The instrumental Pages and Keys conjures images of the Scottish castle used as album art.
Well-produced, passionate and sincere, When All Else Fails is certainly worth repeated listenings. But, don't just download. Buy the album — one dedication in particular is worth checking out for yourself.

Dyer Knight

Unique and Flavorful
The music is very flowing and this cd takes you on a very emotional journey. The listener can relate to the emotions that the vocalist is trying to portray through her dynamics and her vocal technique. The piano is the perfect catalyst for such a performance. I dobt you'll find another cd with such raw emotion.


an amazing album
Hi,I'm really in love with this album
It's so great...I think that u've great voice and great genre of music
I love ur songs they're wonderful...
after I listened to it twice I found it's just a special album with great sound and stuff
thanks very much