45. Fred Thomas – All Are Saved

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All Are Saved was one of my favorite things Ian Cohen showed me this year. Described as the king of indie music in Michigan, his folksy, care free yet cynical songs immediately resonated with me. I have a soft spot for anything Ian Cohen likes, even though he can be kind of a pessimistic reviewer, when he does find something he enjoys it rarely isn’t something I connect with. Fred Thomas was a find I thought Cohen was spot on with. There are funny lyrics, good musicianship, catchy rhythms and above all, an air of confidence that is so important with any true “indie” musician. To not sign to a label takes some guts and to stick to that mantra throughout a career is something I respect. Even though this album was in fact released on Polyvinyal, the exact opposite of being indie, his attitude stays remotely the same. Not to mention, any album with lyrics like, “they don’t give a fuck about us” screamed as loudly as humanly possible can’t be bad right?

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