Smart bets: Fred Thomas

Instrumentation and mood are volatile. Lyrics come spoken, sung and screamed. Opening track “Every Song Sung to a Dog” sets the frenetically creative tone for Fred Thomas’ latest solo album All Are Saved, reminding listeners of the artistic value in heartfelt free associations and honesty approaching overshare. Glimpses of “acid stomach mornings,” a river baptism, a smashed flip phone and Bible pages are deployed in blitzkrieg fashion before Thomas moves on to the only thing remaining unexpected — a subdued and cohesive tune by track two. The remainder of the album, too, skirts along some fun spectrums: melodic to maniacal, sexy to psychotic. To celebrate the release of this audio mosaic, Thomas will perform with supporting local act Minorcan at Tiger Mountain on Thursday, May 14, at 9 p.m. $8. avl.mx/0vw. Photo by Esme McClear

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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