20 Feet from Stardom ★★★½

The back-up singer lives in the shadows, infecting our minds and hearts with hooks that we will sing and hum along to as we go about our day. But what of these talented men and women that mostly yearn for recognition, but are somehow left in the wake of the stars and heroes that we follow?

This run of the mill talking head documentary explores that very topic with a passionate cry for attention, and although the subject is of utmost interest and importance to music buffs and historians like myself, it barely managed to raise my pulse despite recognising some of the most marvellous vocal performances ever committed to tape.

Stories We Tell is still scratching it's head at it's Oscar snub...

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