Homeboy Sandman has been one of my favorite rappers for a few years now (since I heard Actual Factual Pterodactyl back in 2008) because he packs so much substance in such a melodic, rhythmic lyrical flow.
The musical choices of this album are very moody and sound-effect heavy. The sound effects are used as instruments, which is a welcome sonic quality to play off of Homebody Sandman's vocal inflections. There isn't a particular recurring theme in the album, but as the album winds down the songs definitely have a 'tapering' feel to them. However, I think the album can be listened to in any random order and still sound complete, as a multitude of emotions, thoughts, and reactions are covered here (see: Illuminati, Not Really, For The Kids, Couple Bars, and Mine All Mine for the range).
The one track that I found slightly out of place was Cedar and Sedgwick, which may make more sense played backwards (???). But beyond that track, the only thing that I feel is somewhat missing from your standard hip-hop album is an interlude/skit or two. Not necessary, and Sand's not really known for skits, so I can do without them. Besides, that reduces the skippability of a full run-through listen.
There are so many people that tell me how they don't listen to Hip-Hop anymore because what's on the radio. The problem is that they're looking in the wrong place, or truthfully they're not 'looking' at all. You can definitely play this album at a company party and not have to cringe about possibly upsetting sensitive people. Please pick this up for your friend that claims to love hip-hop, or pick this up for yourself to get encouraged about Rap again.
There is still a presence, and the proof is in the pudding.