Music journalists must have a hard time describing the voice of an artist as exceptional and influential as Mavis Staples. From bassy depths soars a finely calibrated howitzer of sorrowful joy, erupting between mellow moments of syrupy-smooth soul. Perhaps Rolling Stone could say it better. A real firecracker, and fully deserving of the exclamation mark attached to this loving bio- documentary, Mavis! tells the remarkable life story of a woman whose career spans more than six decades and – with the help of a cane or a friendly arm to lean on – is still going strong.
You can see Mavis! in UK cinemas from 19th February – check out the full review at CineVue here.