Like many fellow Crescent City musicians, the Subdudes concoct a fertile gumbo of gospel, funk, rhythm and blues, blues and more. And comparable to other Louisiana artists, Katrina and post-Katrina events have shaped the Subdudes’ songwriting, giving Street Symphony both a blue-collar characteristic and a socially aware mood.

Ben Harper-esque “Poor Mans Paradise” is an honest examination of New Orleans in the wake of that natural disaster as well as a celebration of New Orleans’ simple pleasures. The Subdudes get deeper on the politicized “Thorn in Her Side,” a soulful minor key cut that takes a thrust at the Bush administration.

But even with construction going on, love still has time to move two people together, exemplified during Keb’ Mo’-ish romantic ballad “Absolutely.”

Grade: B