Shut Up & Sing
Time Out says
Bouncing back and forth between the immediate aftermath and the recording and release of the still-vilified Chicks’ follow-up album a couple of years later, Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck’s documentary benefits from intimate access to Haines, her bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Robison and their British manager Simon Renshaw, who chirpily miscalculates the initial outcry – ‘wouldn’t it be great if we can get them burning CDs and banning you from radio?’ Well, no, Simon, it turns out it wouldn’t – but generally comes across as a sound head.
Indeed, everyone in the film is treated with complete sympathy – perhaps even indulged. Not that the group deserved the hate-thought directed against them, but to a general audience they are of symptomatic rather than local interest: issues of music-industry politics, brand management and, of course, freedom of speech are touched on here, but remain secondary to the specifics of the band members’ lives and careers. Political and commercial censorship are of interest to all. Archive material of early Dixie Chicks shows and details of their struggles with fertility treatment are strictly for the fans.