If anyone were interested in the missing link between the more delicate guitar patterns of The Chameleons and the keyboard-assisted post-punk of The Comsat Angels then it's highly likely that Sad Lovers And Giants would have been the result of the search. Looking back the group remain a curious proposition largely because they often promised but failed to achieve the heights of their contemporaries despite coming close on several occasions. Garce Allard was a somewhat subdued frontman whose earnest vocals lacked the power and emotional range of his guitarists' intricate guitar work. Indeed the work of the implausibly-named Tristan Garel-Funk remained consistently excellent and when he and the rest of the group managed to stir Allard to greater things as evidenced on 'Cowboys' and 'On Another Day' they revealed their class. After Garel-Funk's departure it was a case of diminishing returns as keyboards become more dominant although replacement Tony McGuiness delivers a defiant riff to carry 'One Man's Hell' and 'Alaska' out of the wreckage. Sadly, history reveals them to be more highly-rated away from British shores, their quietly moving music being particularly appreciated in Spain.