Saturday, June 19, 2010

What we're listening to: Jason Castro

Two years ago Jason Castro was a contestant on American Idol during Season 7 and was the first person to play an instrument on the AI stage. After Blake Lewis in season 6, AI viewers saw the contestants on the show shift from singers with booming vocals to artists who performed their own creative interpretations of songs. Season 7 found Castro, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, David Cook, and others changing up countless songs. Castro stood out with his interpretations of  "What a Day for a Daydream," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and Mariah Carey's "I Don't Wanna Cry." He is one of my favorite singers to come off American Idol, not only because of his unique performances but because of his laid-back, non-Hollywood personality.

Since season 7 ended we have already seen CDs put out by Castro's fellow contestants Brooke White, Michael Johns, David Archuleta, and David Cook (winner of that season). Well, Castro's pop-folk debut was worth the wait.  "Let's Just Fall in Love Again" is a fun, upbeat pop song to play again and again (and again). Hand claps, whistling, and even some ooohs... without a doubt, pop music at its best. Castro sings that he wants to fall in love again, "fall disgustingly fast / and we'll stop hanging out with friends / they'll be so offended." "This Heart of Mine" is another song you'll be singing along to in no time. On "It Matters to Me" Castro sings about wanting to hear about everything he missed while he was apart from his significant other: "Tell me all the things I couldn't see / Cause it matters to me." The Texas native even displays his country side on "You Can Always Come Home" with Serena Ryder, where he sings to a woman who's back with someone who's hurt her in the past and tells her he "miss[es] what we might of had."

Castro co-wrote all but three of the songs, and the CD also includes his cover of "Hallelujah." Even you are not an American Idol fan, I recommend checking out this CD for some undeniably catchy pop songs that feel bright as sunshine.
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  1. I couldn't agree with you more. Be sure to check out Jason singing in Norway yesterday (6/18) before a crowd of approx. 100,000. His single is #1 in Norway for three weeks in a row. I really wish him the same success here as there. He, his music and CD are wonderful!

  2. I feel the same way he needs to be recognized here as well - he is an amazing talented young singer/songwriter that deserves to be heard! Love his album from start to finish and his performance in Norway was just beautiful - he has a special way of connecting with his audience! thank you for your great review of Jason!

  3. Did you review the basic cd or the deluxe?? This debut cd is so good that it's worth spending a few extra dollars for the deluxe version. This version has 14 songs including "over the rainbow". By the way "that's what Im here for" is fantastic. Imo this is the best debut cd released from a former idol.

  4. I reviewed the basic CD version, which is the version the library owns. I'll definitely remember to get the deluxe version when I buy my own copy! He was in the Chicago-area at the end of April for a concert but I wasn't able to go... hopefully next time I will!

  5. Great review of Jason Castrø's album!