A quick listen and Sweet Home Babylon could be erroneously lumped into the omnibus "underground hip hop" category. To do so would be hasty.
The second independent release from the Calgary-based crew Internal Affairs is less a collection of music and more a collection of viewpoints, a treatise on our times and the world around us.
With styles ranging from the classic hip hop formula of beats, cuts and rhymes to straight spoken word to folk-influenced, guitar-driven tracks to jungle; Sweet Home Babylon runs the gamut. The only common thread is the awareness and social commentary that defines every offering on this 17-track release.