Album: Farrah, Farrah (Lo Jinx)

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The Independent Culture

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Ten years in, Farrah – a self-described "under the radar" UK act – could have simply withered in the shade. Instead, Jez Ashurst polished his craft until it sparkled.

And if things can get a little too McCartney at times, the overriding impression is of a latter-day Squeeze, bursting with lyrics like "Simon the accountant/ Slouches by the water fountain/ As the girl from refinancing/ Who's a bit Scarlett Johansson/ Brushes by." Farrah, no slackers when it comes to crafted pop, then.