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Street Symphony

The SubdudesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Back Porch
  • ASIN: B000SUKPQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fountain Of Youth
2. Poor Man's Paradise
3. Stranger
4. Thorn In Her Side
5. No Man
6. Fair Weather Friend
7. Brother Man
8. Half Of the Story
9. Work Clothes
10. Absolutely
11. I'm In Your Town
12. Street Symphony

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Despite the title of the New Orleans-based Subdudes' previous album, Behind the Levee was recorded pre-Katrina. A lot of water has passed under the bridge--literally and figuratively--since then, which impacts the sound of the band's first post-hurricane release. Although the reformed group's approach has always tempered upbeat material with a darker, more soulful edge, their sixth studio release, Street Symphony, exudes a heightened mood of bittersweet melancholy. Even Steve Amedee's ever-present tambourine seems to be less frisky as the disc unwinds at its own rather subdued (no pun intended) pace. Lead vocalist/songwriter Tommy Malone has seldom sounded more committed, wrapping his dusky voice around a vibrant set of originals with lyrics that occasionally reference New Orleans' most horrific experience. Songs such as "I'm Your Town" ("who's going to save me?") and the deceptively jaunty melody of "Poor Man's Paradise"--the story of an impoverished, homeless man whose appreciation of life's little things, like the music of Fats Domino, gets him through impossibly difficult times--impart a solemn but hopeful acceptance. The "her" in "Thorn in Her Side" refers to the Statue of Liberty, as John Magnie's accordion adds unusual sorrow to Malone's controlled anger. The beautifully bluesy "No Man" is arguably Malone's most revelatory and touching love song, performed with the proud resignation that courses through every track of this heartfelt, thought-provoking, and emotionally moving set. --Hal Horowitz

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Subdudes are one of Nawlins' best-kept secrets. They've been making music for the past twenty years. With each CD, I keep expecting a big hit. Perhaps "Street Symphony" is the one.

The music's good solid basic rock with a bluesy jazz flair. This group believes in keeping it light enough to travel and they could just as easily set up on the corner as Carnegie Hall. In live sets, none of the band members will play anything that they cannot carry onto the stage themselves. The drummer plays a tambourine set and the keyboardist totes an accordion. By the way, they're impressive, straightforward, and more fun than I've had at almost any live venue. If you have a chance to see them, don't miss out. Their shows are well worth the time.

Their songs are often stories, like some of the best folk-rockers. I got caught up in the uplifting ones from prior albums, notably "Miracle Mule". This collection in general is a bit less lighthearted than prior ones.

The group opens up with a rocker in "Fountain of Youth," which is offers a pretty succinct description of many of us:

Take your pills
Take your time
You can take your pulse and see if you've died
You can hide your thoughts
You can hide your gold
You can hide your heart
But you can't hide old

There's more reflection than just the opener, though. "Street Symphony" is the first CD the Louisiana natives have produced since Katrina ravaged their homes.

"Poor Man's Paradise" is the publicized single for this CD and details the homelessness and poverty among the people still left there and how the folks are doing their best to make it out all right.

"Thorn in her Side" is probably the strongest protest on the album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound and Vision Mag says best CD of the Century September 24, 2007
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Sound and vision mag (used to be Stereo Review way back...) gave this CD a Sound and Vision "Reference CD" stamp which is pretty rare and high praise. But in case that was not enough the reviewer said that for all the reasons listed in his review he thought this was the best CD yet of this century. The review should be listed at their web site in a few weeks so you can check it out yourself.

I will echo the other reviewers who said this is a live show not to be missed. Speaking of reviews, our local paper (Schenectady NY) said their show was the best concert of the year and I agree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More great music! September 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you know this band, you will love the new album. If you don't know this band, you will love the new album. Yeah, I'm a big fan, but I listen to lots of music and this is some of the best around. Thoughtful lyrics, great tunes, and some of the best harmony goin'. These guys are exceptional in concert and play all over the country. Hopefully, you'll get to hear them. They are gracious enough to talk and sign CDs, clothes, whatever after a show. They are down to earth people, not pretentious "stars". Spread the word. Peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collision course September 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I saw the band 4 times this year and at first was a little resistant to the new songs they were playing which were part of the Street Symphony CD. Now that I have listened to the CD for a week, pretty much full time, I can only wonder when these guys will be on stage receiving a well deserved Grammy. I just want to share this with everyone I know. A very powerful work of art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply, The Finest Band In America October 31, 2007
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Need I say more! Unmatched by any group playing today for sustained soulful excellence. Great songwriting matches up with beautiful musicanship to create a sound I can only describe as heavenly. The boys are truly touched by the Hand of The Almighty! Try listening to any one of their albums and not being moved close to tears. "Symphony" is their best work since "Annunciation" and that was a Masterpiece. Crawl on your hands and knees, if need be, to see them live. You will not believe music like this exists. And boys if you read this, get to St. Louis as soon as you can. We are waiting!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's All Good May 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I had only heard one track off this CD when I bought it. It's a really nice feeling when you play a CD for the first time and EVERY track is as good or better than the one that prompted you to buy it in the first place. The only thing missing was the oyster po boy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like fine wine... October 19, 2007
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I really enjoyed Behind the Levee and was surprised at how good it was. But this cd is even better. These guys are like a fine wine - they get better with age. I still love their first albums and have great memories with them. The rest of the world needs to know how good this music is. All in all, I highly recommend this cd!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Original October 18, 2007
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Anything by the subdudes is worth listening to since, like the Band, they synthesize a whole lot of America's musical roots into their work. "Street Symphony" is one of the best albums from the 'dudes in years, and that's saying a lot. If you're not a subdudes' fan -- and, if you're not, get with it -- this is a great place to start. Listening to "Fountain of Youth" or "Work Clothes," two of the best cuts, is a lot like sitting on the back stoop on a warm Louisiana day drinking Dixies and hanging with good old friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Creative
This CD is my first by the Subdudes. I like it a lot. The lyrics and songs are Greatly Creative and very entertaining. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eric Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Symphony
While this is not a new album it feels fresh every time I hear it. Love their harmonies and soul.
Published 15 months ago by Karen F Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Subdudes fail to disappoint
First one after Katrina? It is worth the wait. I found that the songs have staying power long after I listened to them.
Published 15 months ago by Donna F. Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Song-for-song, an amazing album from a great band
the subdudes' music offers organic, earthy tones with New Orleans permeating much of their work. But this is not Zydeco, not Cajun. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by A. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars dudes bring us another great recording
It just doesn't get any better. Harmonies that soar, playing to envy and lyrics that stir the soul. I beg your pardon. I does get better....when you see them live!
Published on September 19, 2009 by Jeff Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the "Dudes"
Just recently turned on to the Subdudes "Annunciation" (another terrific CD) by a co-worker, and having since purchased all the CD's, even without listening to 2 of them as yet, I... Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by J. Barile
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing beauty into the world one lyric at a time
My wife and I have been avid listeners to the subdudes for quite a few years. We've heard their early highs (Annunciation) and lows (Primitive Streak for our tastes). Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I dare you not to feel good after listening
These guys are the most under rated band I know. Most people I know never even heard of them. I heard a couple of their songs that a local New York collage station (WFUV) plays and... Read more
Published on May 18, 2008 by M. Lindell
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistic Romp
I can tell you I like it, but I do not feel competent to review the music. It is highly entertaining, and plays to suggestion, or suggestive feelings. Read more
Published on March 16, 2008 by Donald J. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Street Symphony: a celebration of life
This is one of the most touching and uplifting compilations I've ever heard. It appreciates and loves one of our truly special cities. Read more
Published on February 13, 2008 by Elliott Linder
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