Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012
No one in Houston was this bare and honest this year. GEN didn't prove that B L A C K I E is gifted; no, he did that a long time ago with hundreds of sweat-stained gigs across the globe. GEN proved that Michael LaCour is in this for life, not as a musician, but as a capital-A Artist.
GEN largely left behind the walls of sound you know from B L A C K I E's last three EPs and 2008 debut LP Wilderness of North America for horns, keyboards, acoustic guitars, haunting, harried, and hellish choruses, that remind the listener more of blues than the damaged hip-hop that made him an underground institution. It was folk fed through his noise thresher.
- From Beyond, The Color Out of Space EP
- Hell City Kings, "Devil's Law"/"Surfin' On the A"
- Omotai, Terrestrial Grief