Castro: Diamond Dreams (EP)

Jason Castro made an impression on the 2008 season of American Idol with his clear tenor pipes and dreadlock hair. The dreads are gone, but the pipes remain, as he shows in tandem with siblings Michael and Jackie on this country-pop collection. The lyrics hit romantic (“Rock and Roll”) and spiritual (“Waters of Jordan”) topics alike. The vocals alternate between sweet country harmonies and spacious gang vocals; Jackie’s voice bears more than a passing resemblance to Taylor Swift. Producer Charlie Peacock balances the organic and pop elements, giving the shared vocals free reign to shine. “Hearts Going Home” strikes the best and most memorable balance between the mashed-up genres.

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