'This young singer-songwriter, a Pittsburgh native now based Los Angeles, shows great potential. With major label-worthy hooks and a slow burning intensity, Gene Owens has put together a record that holds the subdued anger of rockers like Staind and the vocal style of hard rockers like Alice in Chains' Layne Staley, but still knows how to hold to a restrained groove and simple metaphor. The ghostly pedal steel on 'Some Things Never Change' and the piano on 'Not the One' contrast well with the full-out Connells rock of 'Chance' and the acoustic intimacy of 'Hollywood.' As he grows in experience and notoriety, Gene Owens will surely become a notable name in the world of rock songwriters.' -Clay Steakley, Performing Songwriter Magazine January 2003.