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Album Review – ‘The Love Uncompromised EP’ by Jason Castro

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jason Castro was the 3rd runner-up on Season 7 of American Idol, and I’ve been waiting for his album ever since he got signed by Atlantic Records. I’m not sure why he hasn’t actually released an album yet or why Atlantic Records has chosen to release only an EP in the meantime, but I do hope that Jason has better songs he’s working on than what’s on the EP so far. The EP only has five songs: Let’s Just Fall In Love Again (Acoustic Version), Love Uncompromised, You Can Always Come Home [Feat. Serena Ryder], If I Were You and Sweet Medicine.

First, the good points – Jason sounds a lot stronger and more confident in the EP than I remember from his AI days. He’s always had a good recording voice, but the past two years of singing live has really made him sound richer. Second, I do think that Atlantic has allowed Jason to stay true to the music he wants to produce – the songs are all acoustic, guitar-driven and the sparse production works well with Jason’s soft voice (not to mention his laid back and mellow personality).

But I realize now why Atlantic chose to release the light-weight Let’s Just Fall In Love Again as his first single; it’s the poppiest and most radio-friendly out of the lot. Yes, it’s fluffy and saccharine-sweet, but it has a catchy quirky tune that works well with Jason’s easy charm (I actually like the acoustic version better than the previously released version). And seriously, this song would work so well in an iPhone or iPod commercial – it just has that vibe, ya know? Let’s Just Fall In Love Again was released to radio last year, but hasn’t really gained any traction. And that’s my problem with the EP – as it stands, Let’s Just Fall In Love Again is the most radio-friendly track here and it didn’t make headway on radio. What are the chances for the other songs on the EP (if Atlantic will be releasing other songs at all)?

For me, the strongest track in the EP (but I don’t know how it’s going to fit in pop radio) is actually You Can Always Come Home, a bitter-sweet lament about a love that got away. The song is folksy-country-ish, and I do think that it can be pushed or cross-over’ed to country radio. Plus, isn’t Serena Ryder a country singer? Maybe it can be back-doored in that way. It’s a very emotional song that tells a story about regret and loss, and it should really strike a chord with anyone who has ever loved and lost. I just hope that this little gem gets a chance to be heard by more people.

Listen to “You Can Always Come Home”

I really tried to give Sweet Medicine and the title track Love Uncompromised a fair shake, but I just found them pretty unremarkable (and unmemorable) – both the melody and lyrics. Especially Love Uncompromised with that generic ‘verb me with your noun‘ refrain that had me giggling a bit with how silly it was. Sorry.

If I Were You is pretty charming, I’ll grant that. It’s almost like we’re just hanging out with friends listening to an impromptu performance by acoustic Jason at a noisy café… in the 1960s. Yeah, that. I wish this can be re-mixed somehow or updated, because it does have a fun vibe to it. I just can’t help feeling when listening to it that I must have gone through the space-time continuum and ended up in that Reese Witherspoon movie ‘Pleasantville’. Something like that.

The Love Uncompromised EP‘ is available for download on both Amazon ($4.49) and iTunes ($4.95).

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  1. Ray
    January 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

    A very well written piece. Though i will add Serena Ryder is not a country singer, she spans most genres and labels.
    Worth a further listen.

    • January 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Thanks for the feedback! Oh, thought that Serena Ryder was country…

  2. cjinsd
    February 25, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    “Let’s Just Fall in Love Again” is currently being used in a commercial for Overstock.com.

    • February 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      Hey, I knew it was good for a commercial! Wish it were Apple instead though…

  3. Chenny
    March 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I love Jason. (:

    I agree with you with ‘If I Were You.’ Whenever I listen to that song, it kinda reminds me of Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’ you know, laid back kind of music. Idk, it just strikes me like that.

  1. March 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

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