Come 1996, I walk into NYC's Tower Records one day and out of nowhere (no pun intended, Ride fans) I see the new RIDE album entitled TARANTULA. I'm pretty sure I purchased it right away. I was pretty surprised to see it because it was released to little fanfare. Little did I know that the band had apparently broken up by it's release.
It was an interesting album, but when I first heard it, I suppose I was slightly disappointed with it and did not enjoy it as much as CARNIVAL OF LIGHT. A few years later, I came across a Japanese or German version of the CD with the 3 bonus tracks that were included on the albums only singe "Black Night Crash". These bonus tracks were excellent, and I'm including my favorite one here "Nothing Lasts Forever" which should please the fans of their earlier shoegaze heavy sound. This is a wonderful track that would have nicely fit into their previous effort, GOING BLANK AGAIN. A great song that seems to lament their final days going into 1996 with a wonderful guitar sound that predominates throughout. A Youtube poster commented quite rightly on the magnificent guitar sound heard on the song:
"The upside is the guitar work is absolutely stunning on here esp the break from 2:15 - 2:58 it blows me away every single time. For me - one of Ride's finest & most addictive songs. A complete and utter gem. Thank you, Ride!!".