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Tia Carrera

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(Australian Cattle God; US: 10 Oct 2006; UK: Available as import)

I did it.  I made it all the way through Tia Carrera’s latest, self-titled effort, and I’m still breathing.  It wasn’t easy, mind you—never have I been able to stomach an entire album’s worth of this sort of repetitive, instrumental, THC-inspired jam rock, but you know, it’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.  I’ll be honest: When I asked to review the new Tia Carrera album, I thought that the object of Wayne’s affections (whose name is actually spelled “Tia Carrere”, I would come to find out later) was revisiting her Ballroom Blitzed musical aspirations of the early ‘90s; when I found out that it was actually an Austin-based rock band with a remarkably similar name, I thought, “even better!”  And yet, the etymology of the band’s name has proven to be just about the most interesting thing about that band, as their self-titled third release is chock full of ‘70s-style improvisational haze run through an amp and a distortion filter, with nothing interesting to say, no impressive chops to show off, and no decent riffs to hold on to.  Closing track “End Transmission” gets a bonus point or two for adding an organ to the guitar-bass-drums mix, but that’s about all the positives you’re likely to find on a waste of plastic like this.  Tia Carrera is suitable background music for a smoke-filled biker bar, and nothing more.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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