In essence, "Cut Out And Keep" is an album of contrasts.
The first single is the ridiculously catchy "Fear Of Flying", which tells the story of an aviophobic travel agent, and sees bass player Michelle Margherita taking lead vocal for part of the track. "Fear Of Flying" also comes with a brilliant stop-frame animated video involving nearly 10,000 still photographs which took 6 weeks to shoot. "Dumb Dumb Ditty" is just what is says on the tin - a big, dumb rock song - that has had the normally restrained live audiences in Japan moshing in appreciation.
The irresistibly poignant acoustic tune "As Soon As I Get Over You" looks at those first days after a relationship break-up with a shy sense of humour and a lot of heart, while the breezy strains of "No-One Stays Together" invokes summer days and car rides with the wind blowing through your hair while delivering the subdued message that no one stays together anymore.
Farrah are at their most expressive when marrying bittersweet stories with uplifting tunes and this is illustrated most affectingly on "No Reason Why" - a bright, brilliant song filled with brassy trumpet trills and strident guitars, but dealing lyrically with a nervous breakdown.
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