Gwyneth Paltrow, "Country Strong"

4.5

At the recent Country Music Assn. Awards, Gwyneth Paltrow was given the chance to prove she could hold her own sharing the stage with the genre's elite. "Country Strong," the song Paltrow performed from the forthcoming film of the same name, allowed the Academy Award-winning actress to demonstrate a lovely voice and impressive command of the spotlight. Paltrow might not have soared if she was paired with a weaker debut track, but songwriters Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin have provided her with an excellent vehicle about strength in the face of adversity. The actress' delivery combines a sense of vulnerability and fiery resilience, as she sings, "I'm country strong/ Hard to break, like the ground I grew up on." Backing vocals by Vince Gill and Patty Griffin make "Country Strong" a glorious record that gives Paltrow's musical talents the attention they deserve.