Texas’ own SaulPaul returns with All-Star Anthems, just in time to pep up kids disgruntled about going back to school. The self-proclaimed “musician with a message” has been entertaining audiences over the world for more than a decade. The new CD is fun for all ages, with easy-to-rap-along positive messages featuring a collection of 12-and-under performers.
All-Star Anthems leaves no doubt about its intentions, starting up with “Hands in the Sky” and “Choose.” There’s music and a party, wherever you’re from, in “Home,” with 123 Andres.
There’s a little bit of country in “Texas Two Step,” but it’s just a li’l bit. Mostly it’s for the kids to sing the chorus. “Me, Gumby and My 6 String” is a rap folk tale of claymation legend Gumby accompanying SaulPaul on an interplanetary trip. And the disc ends with a new remixes of his most known works, “Rise” and “We Dream in 3D.”
Every song has a dance and/or choreography that accompanies it. SaulPaul has the young people who helped create the songs make instructional videos that are released in conjunction with the music. All-Star Anthems won’t make you stand and place your hand over your heart. But it stands out with plenty of heart.
Here is the video for SaulPaul’s song, “Rise”: