Leah Greenblatt
August 06, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

While Carrie Underwood isn’t exactly quaking in her multiplatinum boots, Paltrow’s single ”Country Strong” isn’t bad. (The track comes from the actress’ drama of the same name, out Dec. 22, in which she plays a fallen Nashville star staging a comeback.) Her twangy redemption song is long on cornpone cliché — she’s strong! like the ground she grew up on! — but Paltrow sings it with tuneful assurance. B

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