Every year brings its own slew of unheralded releases. Saso, like My Computer and Lisp before them, arrived on the scene with a modicum of publicity but nonetheless achieved a lot of praise from the media before fading away again, forgotten about at the time of end of year best-of lists. 'Big Group Hug' compares to the organic song structures of Talk Talk; one can only assume they are fans of the latter when they ape the intro to 'After The Flood' on 'Lazy Bones'. The vocal-led tracks (which make up about half of the album) are more redolent of the understatement of Elbow; full of downbeat, vulnerable but heartfelt expressions. Saso tantalisingly apply the restraints just as they sound ready to explode on some of the guitar solos. Ironically this reluctance to go for bombast could hold back the record sales but if there's any justice it shouldn't, for Saso are quite superb in their own quiet way.