The American Idol season 7 finalist’s debut album comes on like an early spring day. You can feel the sun shining through ?hummable tracks like ”Closer,” but hints of a harsher season remain on ”It Matters to Me” and the heartbreaking ”You Can Always Come Home.” (FYI: The deluxe version, with six extra tracks, is well worth springing for.) B+ Download These:Jangly gem Heart of Stone at amazon.comHauntingly beautiful You Can Always Come Home at amazon.comEagles-esque Love Uncompromised at lala.com See all of this week’s reviews .
Of course, all of that occurred two years before the release of Castro’s debut album. In the fickle world of American Idol, a world in which aspiring singers are the talk of Tinseltown one minute and forgotten faces the next, timing is everything. David Cook and David Archuleta released albums within months of the Idol finale, followed one year later by Michael Johns and Brooke White.