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The Country Strong soundtrack. Hold up, has 2011 been designated as some kind of Groundhog Annum? Almost precisely twelve months ago, emerging from the boozy mists of New Year, came the soundtrack to a movie set in the wacky world of country music and featuring one of the stars of Iron Man, with said star daringly tackling vocal duties on some of the soundtrack songs. And now, with January having rolled round once again, what do we find? Only the soundtrack to a movie set in the wacky world of country music and featuring one of the stars of Iron Man, with said star daringly tackling vocal duties on some of the soundtrack songs.

Of course, last time it was an Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, whereas this time we’re getting Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, and while GP won’t be replicating the Dude’s achievement and snaring an Oscar for her excursion into country music er, country (to be honest, the Academy members are probably scared of letting get within sniffing distance of a little golden man ever again, lest she creates her own sequel to the Great Teary Tidal Wave of ’99), she sure can carry a tune, as the handful who have seen her barely-recalled karaoke flick Duets can attest.

Folks tend to be as suspicious of actors singing as they are of singers acting, and often with good cause, but the strong vocals Paltrow showcases on the opening title track instantly lift her above such prejudices. Pity then that the song itself is the kind of mid-paced mediocrity that Shania Twain has made a career out of, and, as bad luck would have it, the leading lady of Country Strong is given little of merit to wrap her lungs around. Indeed, album closer Me and Tennessee (penned by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. How ever did he score that gig?) proves far less enjoyable to listen to than it is to try and fashion anagrams out of its title. ‘e’s damn tense, nee? is my favourite so far. Although it only works if you say it in a strange Scottish accent that sounds like Macbeth being played by an actor who has heard a genuine Scottish accent on roughly as many occasions as the rest of us have clapped eyes on a Dodo.

Gwyneth is by no means the sole Country Strong star to get her vocal pipes damp. Tim McGraw helps her out as best he can on the aforementioned Tennessee (though he, obviously, is singer first and an actor second anyhow), while the youthful pair of Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester also horn in on the warbling. The Gossip Girl-star latter proves to be another strong singer, though again she is saddled with a damp squib of drippy country-pop, in the limp shape of Words I Couldn’t Say. It is therefore left to Hedlund to steal the show. Yes, he might have scarcely been able to even speak convincingly in Tron: Legacy, yet here his voice is far richer and older-sounding than expected. His only number, Chances Are, is a mini-pleasure too, not least thanks to some well-placed languid guitar licks.

The rest of the album is filled out with a largely unremarkable set of country numbers. Runt of the litter is maybe Sara Evans’ A Little Bit Stronger – its banal cries of belligerence in the face of a relationship break-up being to I Will Survive what a brick smacked round the skull is to the graceful subtlety of a ninja assassin. And although She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles) is a gem of a song, Ronnie Dunn’s new treatment of the tune just makes you want to listen to Gary Stewart’s original, meaning that the best of the rest of the non-actor’s songs is Lee Ann Womack’s laid-back Liars Lie.

Listen To The Country Strong Soundtrack:

You can download the Country Strong soundtrack as mp3s here
Or get it on cd here
(Or if you’re in the UK it’s here for mp3s, here for cd)

Country Strong Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. Country Strong – Gwyneth Paltrow
2. Love Don’t Let Me Down – Chris Young and Patty Loveless
3. A Little Bit Stronger – Sara Evans
4. Chances Are – Garrett Hedlund
5. Liars Lie – Lee Ann Womack
6. She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles) – Ronnie Dunn
7. Shake That Thing – Gwyneth Paltrow
8. Thirsty – Hank Williams Jr.
9. Give In To Me – Faith Hill
10. Timing Is Everything – Trace Adkins
11. Words I Couldn’t Say – Leighton Meester
12. Coming Home – Gwyneth Paltrow
13. Me And Tennessee – Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow

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  • Sheridan Passell said

    Maybe next year it’ll be Agent Coulson as a washed up country drunk?

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  • Crystal said

    So disappointed the soundtrack has other artists performing the songs. I’m obviously a huge country music fan and loved the movie (saw it Friday night and Saturday night!). I think it’s a shame that raw sound of GP, Garrett and Leighton are going to be missed on some of the movies best songs – A Little Bit Stronger (and I love Sara Evans’ version), Give In To Me (really, Faith just had to sing something for the soundtrack and Garrett and Leighton’s chemistry on this strong was incredible) and even Garrett’s Timing is Everything. I’m not a Honky Tonk, whiskey slingin’ fall down drunk country music fan but I love solid, strong country music and the songs from Country Strong remind me of all the music I love so much from the late ’70’s and ’80’s. Just simply saddened.

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    • Clancy McEwen said

      I totally agree with this comment. I loved the movie – songs and singers – the chemistry – not so much the story – but Paltrow was great in this role and I think the sound track should actually be the original sound of the movie. I won’t buy this soundtrack – but I will watch and listen to the originals on YouTube. Tim McGraw was the “light weight” all around in this movie – but I guess he will get the last “word” after all – be it in song ….

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    • Nicole s said

      I totally agree. If I buy a soundtrack I want to hear the songs that were played on the movie. Not other singers singing them. You can always add those songs to as a additional but I want to hear the acctual music from the movie. Extremly disappointed.

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    • Kim said

      I totally agree with Crystal, such ashame they couldn’t put the sound track as Garrett and Leighton sung in the movie. I was bummed once I looked up the sound track and saw they were only playing on 1 song. Sad. I don’t want the sound track now. I liked it the way it was in the movie!!!

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    • Addie said

      Crystal,I agree with you 100%. I was so disappointed when I saw that soundtrack was not as the movie was. I enjoyed the movie immensly. I thought all did a great job,Tim McGraw with his dramatic but natural acting & the other actors with their singing. I was really surprised. I love the recording artists that renditions of the songs used on the cd. BUT…I would really like to be able to obtain a soundtrack as it was performed in the movie. I wonder if there is such a version?

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  • MJ said

    I LOVED This soundtrack and movie. I have addition issues and maybe that helped me relate to the movie and enjoy it for it’s reality, but, I thought the movie and music rocked.

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  • Lori said

    I loved the movie but why Faith Hill sings “Give In To Me” on the so called Original Movie Soundtrack is a mystery. The song, sung by Meester and Hedlund in the movie is far better and if you saw the movie and want to buy the soundtrack, you’ll be disappointed that the artists who sang songs in the movie aren’t always the ones who sing it on the soundtrack. So you can’t relive the fantasy of the movie if you buy this CD.

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  • JC said

    I really love this movie and the songs in it. And I am disappointed as well to find out that other artist are performimg the songs in the soundtrack album. I was planning to buy it but I changed my mind, I will just buy the movie instead.

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    • Sheridan Passell said

      Half the tracks are sung by the cast from the movie. Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow.

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  • jess said

    Totally disappointed that the sound track has other artist singing the songs. The music in the movie was much better. I was going to buy the sound track but not now.

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  • MIchelle said

    I wish the soundtrack was the music from the movie. It was disappointing. I love the duet my Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester. Hope to see a CD with the actual movie music.

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  • Michele J said

    I agree. Not putting the songs as they were sung in the movie was a big mistake. I assume they figured that having big name country singers doing the songs would sell more copies of the soundtrack but I will NOT be buying it because of this fact. I do hope that they will release another soundtrack with the movie version of the songs. They were to beautiful and well done to just ignore.

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  • Mandrea Manson said

    OMG! I LOVED ThIS MOVIE! IIT WAS THE BEST! IT REMINDED ME OF ME AND MY HOT MATTHEW! <3

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  • Lana said

    I loved the movie but am very disappointed in the Soundtrack. I wanted to hear the songs sung like they were we on the movie.

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  • Melissa said

    I loved the movie!! It was wonderful and very touching. I loved Leighton Meester & Garrett Hedlund……they were amazing together!!!! I was very disappointed in the soundtrack….I couldnt wait to receive it and then was disappointed to hear that the music was not the same as from the movie.

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  • Karen said

    I absolutely loved the movie. All the characters were great. I was getting ready to buy the soundtrack, until I found out that there are other people singing the songs on the cd other than the stars of the movie. I want to know where to purchase a cd of the songs in the movie, sung by the people in the movie.

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  • Michaella said

    Seriously this is such bull I LOVED the movie and was so looking forward to buying the soundtrack until I found out that only half of them were actually sung by the cast!

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  • Sherry said

    I loved this movie, loved the acting, loved the music, loved the story.

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  • Jane said

    Joining the chorus of people disappointed in the sound track.
    Who made the decision to do this? They obviously thought the songs performed by the artists in the movie wouldn’t sell as well as ‘big names’ but I think it would have done well, if not better.

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    • debs said

      They don’t sing.i don’t buy… loved the movie..and the cast voices..don’t want to hear original singers.it would spoil my fantasy.if i wanted to hear org.artist sing I’d buy there CD.

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