by Various Artists
Released: Jun 2001
Don't do as Christian Castro does; do as he sings. The tabloids may be full of rumors -- he's gay, he beats his wife (or wives), he lies, he cheats -- but on vinyl, the guy can woo women without breaking a nail (or mussing his perfectly arranged blond hair). The award-winning Azul, from 2001, represents the pinnacle of his romantic career, featuring a series of rock-damaged ballads that, at their best, develop into controlled but orgasmic rock guitar-and-voice explosions. Whether you're crying inside or calling for Cupid's assistance, Castro's got the magic key.