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One True Thing

by Tylan

Founding member of Girlyman goes solo with a stunning debut. "The poignant honesty that Tylan brings to these tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving." - Relix
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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Album Notes
"While Girlyman’s compositions were always confessional, they usually lightened things up with a silly song or two. 'One True Thing' drops the humor and ramps up the passion with a collection of love songs that deal honestly with the end of a relationship. Tylan has always been a powerful singer, but the poignant honesty that she brings to these tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving. She asks the unanswerable questions that plague the end of relationships, and while she doesn’t have answers, the questioning provides its own kind of solace." -Relix

“One True Thing comes fully loaded... an excellent album that perfectly showcases its star, Tylan, and gives the singer/songwriter a chance to rely on her muse for direction.” - The Alternate Root

“Tylan’s practice of extending metaphors out toward a precipice keeps an unpredictable edge to [her] songs. Most writers would stop at the easy close. Ty jumps, leaving much to imagination, to powerful effect. Ty’s expressive alto brings quiet energy to her introspective ballads, nursing a negotiation of life from pain to acceptance, if not peace.” – Americana Gazette

"A solid example of a personal journey led by a singer-songwriter with a passion for verbal expression and a subtle voice which adds power to the lyrics. Tylan is definitely one to watch for fans of contemporary American folk and lyrical singer-songwriters.” - Gaelick

After five studio albums and ten years on the road with the internationally acclaimed folk-pop quartet Girlyman, Tylan has recreated herself with a stunning debut solo CD, "One True Thing."

On "One True Thing," Tylan and producer Michael T. Connolly combine guitars, piano, Hammond organ, upright bass, cello, and Tylan’s expressive alto in a lush orchestra which meets with Tylan’s skillful lyrics to create a sweeping metaphorical landscape.

Tylan is off to an auspicious start. Her Kickstarter campaign for the album created a tremendous buzz by reaching its goal of $20,000 in a single day, and going on to raise nearly $47,000 - the second highest grossing Kickstarter campaign ever in the Folk/Country category.

The first single “Already Fine,” a collaboration with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls which premiered on American Songwriter, showcases Tylan’s “expressive alto [which] brings quiet energy to her introspective ballads, nursing a negotiation of life from pain to acceptance, if not peace.” (Americana Gazette)

“Playing with Girlyman for so long has really spoiled me,” says Tylan Greenstein, who’s decided to drop her last name for her new solo venture. Founded in 2001, the four members of Girlyman went from playing for tips in coffeehouses to headlining (and selling out) 400-500 seat venues across the country; they also toured internationally, graced festival main stages, and opened extensively for such folk luminaries as Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. 

“I couldn’t ask for a more talented group of musicians, or for a more successful career," says Tylan. "All those instruments and arrangements in Girlyman have really supported my songs. At the same time, there’s something about the raw, lyric-driven acoustic experience that has always appealed to me. I like the idea of there being very little between the song and the listener. That’s where I come from.”

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Kerry Brennan

A Brilliant Songwriter Emerges
I'd only knew Tylan as a member of Girlyman, and I always enjoyed the music she wrote for the group, but this new solo release bears witness to a major songwriter with a road all her own. She's been compared to another songwriter whose words I treasure: Janis Ian - and yes, Tylan's lyrics are as moving, articulate and honest as those of Janis Ian. Not to discount the melodies: they are perfect bedrock for the brilliant words, and every track shows how Tylan can join melodies and lyrics that enter your heart and stay there. There is not a weak track in this collection, which, as a whole. tells a powerful narrative of loss and rebirth. I can only give this amazing debut 5 stars and urge you to listen, really listen to what Tylan has to say. It's important.
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Michael Wade

Lyrics to cry for
Tylan is a precious brave person who is not afraid to expose her inner feelings to the world. Largely based on personal breakup distress, the lyrics on this album strangle your heart and wring out sympathy from your soul. If you buy just 1 album this year, buy this one - it will take you to places you don't want to remember but you will feel so much better afterwards.
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Kerry Brennan

A Brilliant Song writer Emerges
Please read "I'd only known Tylan as a member of Girlyman" in my review of One True Thing. Sorry for the grammatical slip.
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