Becca Mancari delivers an album of extremes in The Greatest Part
Becca Mancari - The Greatest Part
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Becca Mancari’s latest release The Greatest Part is doused in punchy drums, fuzzy guitars and glimmering production (courtesy of Paramore’s Zac Farro).
She shows us the extremes of pain and sorrow (‘First Time/I’m Sorry‘) and liberation and freedom (‘Lonely Boy‘). With etherial vocals singing poetry, depicting growing up gay in a strict religious family, Mancari provides a unique experience on self-discovery and family relationships.
Having explained that this album was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write”, the grief and depth of her words can be best heard in the B-side run. A positive and rejoicing start with ‘Lonely Boy‘ drips into a progressively more raw and vulnerable string of ballads.
‘Tear Us Apart‘ stands out as one my favourite songs on this phenomenal record: with bare acoustic guitar chords and repetitive lyrics that feel strained and exhausted. Expanding string arrangements half way through make you feel as lost as the character singing; disorientating and illusive, dissolving into nothing as the song finds its feet again.
Mancari has proved herself more than another Nashville country singer through her array of song styles: the stadium anthem ‘I’m Sorry’, the raw and emotional ‘Forgiveness’, summer bops ‘Lonely Boy’and ‘Like This’. Creative, outstanding production captivates you and is increasingly exciting on every listen. Add to that the poetic lyrics that paint the inner turmoil of trying to tell her truth, and the lack-love relationship that caused with her family (‘Knew/Stay with Me’), and we have one of the most wonderful albums to be released this year.