2.5 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund
I highly recommend the soundtrack to “Country Strong,” even to those who aren't down with country. It's packed with catchy, radio-ready tracks, and it provides the special thrill of discovering that familiar actors can actually hit notes. We all knew Gwyneth Paltrow could sing (if not from “Glee,” then from her underrated 2000 dramedy “Duets”), but who'da thought Garrett Hedlund (“Troy,” “Tron: Legacy”) could carry such a pleasant, natural tune? Or, for that matter, Leighton Meester – the “Gossip Girl” chick who apparently has a budding pop career? The star and the starlets solidly impress, if not rattle the opry rafters, with their vocal stylings, and Hedlund, for one, cements his previously uncertain future in Hollywood.