Recording information: Long View Farm Studios, North Brookfield, MA; Q Division Studios, Somerville, MA.
With third album, LET IT GO, State Radio offers up another slice of northeastern jam-funk mixing reggae influences with political calls-to-action. LET IT GO is broader in scope than its predecessor, emphasizing general themes of toleration and peace without pointing many fingers at singular groups. As usual, the Cambridge natives embrace an amalgamation of genres -- most prominently reggae, ska, and punk -- and lace the mixture with touches of roots rock and Jamaican inflections. Eeven though the album sounds best at its absolute loudest ("Held Up By The Wires," "Still & Silent"), an emphasis remains on mellow jam-band material. LET IT GO creates the biggest stir with its lyrics, whose socio-political content challenges listeners to think as much as dance.