A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
With his distinctive look (long dreadlocks, deep blue eyes) andsweet personality, American Idol season seven contestant Jason Castro made it all the way to the top three before being voted off.Like so many other almost-Idols, the singer has now releaseda debut record, named for himself. The album stays true to Castro's clean image, avoiding controversial topics in favor of a lot of talk about falling in love and finding the girl of his dreams. Parents can rest easy about this album, which includes no swearing or references to substance use, and only very light talk of kissing or other sexual situations.
Is it any good?
While Castro had his moments on Idol, he was often criticized by the judges for lacking the powerful vocals of fellow contestants David Cook and David Archuleta. Not a lot has changed on this record: Castro's vocals are fine, yet not spectacular. Unfortunately, the boring arrangements don't help to make up for the so-so singing, causing the whole album to sound like nothing too special.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about being a reality show alum. As the pool of former American Idol contestants continues to grow, how can artists like Jason Castro distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack?
Is good-but-not-great talent enough to make these contestants worthy of their own record deals, or should they take the hint of being voted off early as a sign that they should hang it up?