Paste (magazine) - "Thomas has used the myriad pieces of his decades-long career to assemble something consistent, listenable and immediate."
Recording information: High Bias, Detroit, MI (03/2013-07/2014); Life Like Studios (03/2013-07/2014).
Photographers: Ben Saginaw; Aaron Bobzien.
Fred Thomas may be best known as the leader of indie pop heroes Saturday Looks Good to Me, but the talented performer, producer, and songwriter has also pursued a solo career that gained a new strength in the 2010s, with Thomas releasing the thoughtful and ambitious Kuma in 2012, and following it in 2015 with one of his most eclectic and effective efforts to date, All Are Saved. The album's 11 songs cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, ranging from lo-fi pop ("Every Song Sung to a Dog") and minimalist bedroom folk ("Monster Movie") to horn-driven rock ("Expo '87") and coolly evocative electronics soundscapes ("Doggie"), while the lyrics find Thomas baring his soul as well as pondering the state of a chaotic world. All Are Saved presents a vision that's artful, passionate, and intelligent, and it's a powerful reminder that Thomas is one of the truly individual artists on the indie music scene. [Fred Thomas is an editor at Rovi.] ~ Mark Deming