Shane Stockton is a good reason why Nashville labels should be more interested in artist development and not simply rolling out their newest find as fast as they can, throwing it out there to see if it sticks and moving on to something else if it doesn't. It seems that with his desire to write, play and perform, Stockton could very well have a career of some longevity if handled correctly and given the opportunity to find his own voice. "Gonna Have to Fall" is an example of his promise. As for depth beyond the hearbreaking kind, Stockton's songwriting shows an interesting bent on "Geronimo." As for foundation, it sounds as if Stockton knows where country music comes from, as he exhibits on "My Life's an Open Book," a pleasant waltz; "Billy Saw the Light" is just as good. Sadly, there are just too many other guys out there doing the very same thing, and with most major-label deals really being one-shot-and-you're-dead, a new kid hasn't got much of a chance. Only time will tell.
AllMusic Review by Jana Pendragon