2020 album. Singer songwriter. Also available on Vinyl.
‘The Greatest Part’ is the second album from New York born Becca Mancari. Her debut ‘Good Woman’ was a critical smash, praised by NPR and hailed as one of 2017’s best by Rolling Stone. Her songs racked up millions of streams, which helped land Mancari dates with the likes of Margo Price, Natalie Prass, and Julien Baker, among others. On top of her solo work, Mancari also teamed up with Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and songwriter Jesse Lafser to form Bermuda Triangle, which earned similarly glowing reviews as they performed sold-out headline shows across the country.
Despite all her success, the relentless pace of life on the road left Mancari little time to grapple with the trauma of her past, nor absorb any new challenges arising in her present. So, in 2019, Mancari decamped to friend and producer Zac Farro’s home studio to set about constructing her sophomore album, a record that would balance unﬂinching self-examination with intoxicating grooves and infectious instrumental hooks.
The result is ‘The Greatest Part’. Propelled by an airtight drum groove and lacerating guitar line, hypnotic opener “Hunter” ﬁnds Mancari singing to a ghost from her past, promising, “You’re never gonna track me down / You’re never gonna ﬁnd me out,” her crystalline voice ﬂoating effortlessly above the distorted maelstrom brewing below it. Like much of the album, it’s a song of deﬁance and self-assurance that’s streaked with loneliness and regret. To that end, earworm “Lonely Boy” reﬂects on the ways that fear can hold us back from human connection, while the bittersweet “First Time” reaches out to a younger self, asking “Hey, did you ﬁnd your way out?”
Yet, as much as ‘The Greatest Part’ is a vehicle for examining Mancari’s past, it’s also a lens through which she makes sense of her future. Perhaps it’s bare-bones album closer “Forgiveness” that best ties together all of the record’s loose threads. Searching for mercy in the midst of lingering anger and grief, the hushed, intimate track locates the beauty in letting go, in accepting ourselves for all our ﬂaws and baggage, in walking forward boldly into the unknown.
Tracklisting: Hunter / First Time / Like This / Bad Feeling / Pretend / Lonely Boy / Tear Us Apart / I’m Sorry / Stay With Me / Knew / Forgiveness