Becca Mancari: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Becca Mancari: 5 Albums That Changed My Life

Becca Mancari released her debut, Good Woman, in 2017. Now, she’s hitting the road with Bermuda Triangle, her band with Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes. Catch her on tour, but first, read up on 5 albums that changed her life.

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mewithoutyou, Catch for us the Foxes

I’ll start with one of the first records that changed everything for me. I grew up in a very religious home. My parents went to a college that was basically part of a ‘cult.’ Thus, I was not allowed to listen to much of mainstream music, but in high school I started to sneak off to shows. When I first heard of mewithoutyou, I listened to their record Catch for us the Foxes. It was everything to me. Aaron Weiss’ voice destroyed me. It spoke to all of the lost feelings you have when you’re young… the music, the arrangement, the importance… those things will never be lost on me. When I listen back to the record now, it still speaks to me.

Coldplay, Parachutes

I will always believe that for many of us in my age group Coldplay was like a gateway drug into indie music. They were doing something different in the early 2000s, and they opened the door for a lot of young bands.

I remember the first time I heard ‘Parachutes.’ It was so huge… it blew me right over with its guitar-driven melodies, and just the way it felt so epic.

I think sometimes, for a lot of folks, Coldplay can seem like they sold out in later years. Even so, they evolved to fit their times. I’ve got a lot of respect for Chris Martin.

Bob Dylan, Time out of Mind

How can I choose only one Bob Dylan record?! It feels impossible to capture the man in one time period because of how much he changed throughout his career. If I have to choose, it would be Time out of Mind. I think almost purely because of the nature of change I feel in Dylan on this record… he had already gone from his young days of writing songs like ‘Blowing in the Wind’ and ’Like a Rolling Stone.’

Then came the ’80s, where he played gospel music. It felt like he preached in a different way, but then in 1997, he wrote ‘Not Dark Yet’ and something in this voice in that song destroyed me the first time I heard it, and does the same thing to me every time after. To me, it’s like hearing Bob Dylan, the man — capable of heartbreak, humility and the humanity we all feel as we grow older. The record is profound and life-changing for the listener, and in my opinion, for the artist himself.

Big Thief, Capacity

The next two records were released last year, but I can’t believe the impact they have had on me. I believe that Capacity by Big Thief will go down as one of the greats in my generation. It feels fitting to talk about them after Bob Dylan. I feel as though lead singer, Adrianne Lenkier, is a poet first, and at times she feels other-worldly for me, as if she has stepped into uncharted waters of honesty. That’s what I feel when I listen to this album, just complete openness, and the listener is invited in on something that’s going to happen no matter if you’re ready to go there or not.

The first listen through, I had to skip the first song on the record ‘Pretty Things.’ It almost made me want to throw up; it hit something so deep inside me. That’s pretty powerful. I’m just thankful I get to live in the same time as a band like Big Thief.

Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

Another artist I feel incredibly thankful to live in the same time period with is Kendrick Lamar. His record, DAMN., truly is historic and a work of art. My girlfriend surprised me with tickets to see him last year, and I was so overwhelmed… I felt like a fly on the wall that was SO lucky to be there. I felt like I needed to be quiet, listen, and learn.

I truly feel like Kendrick Lamar is a prophet in our time. And like all prophets, sometimes they are not always received with open arms, but I’m so thankful he’s here in this world change it.

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