Album Review: Tullara – Better Hold On (2016 EP)

Tullara’s debut EP Better Hold On had been a long time coming. The songwriting process began around three years ago, encapsulating a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from intense heartbreak to bounding optimism and retelling a personal journey within six short tracks.

The honesty of this EP is inescapable. From first listen it’s evident that Tullara has put all she has into it. It’s unfiltered and raw, offering up a no-nonsense look at what she has to offer as an artist and a storyteller.

First track “Too Many” is driven by a sense of maturity far beyond Tullara’s 22 years. The lyrics are sincere and reflective, undoubtedly inspired by firsthand experiences that will likely be relatable for a multitude of listeners—a genuine connection between audience and artist.

While an acoustic folk/roots sound envelops most of the EP, “Jailbreak” stands out for all the right reasons. It completely does away with the delicate guitar work Tullara is known for and delves into harder hitting, bluesy territory. At under three minutes long, the track packs a major punch, demonstrating the versatility of Tullara’s artistry—from sweet intricacies to husky riffs, she can tackle it all.

Review score: 7.5 out of 10.