Out of 266 Popes, Pope Francis will be the first to record a progressive rock album. Wake Up! is the title of the LP and is set to release on Nov. 27 of this year.
Pope Francis will deliver excerpts of his favorite speeches as well as hymns in a variety of languages.
According to Stereogum, the album ranges from prog rock to Gregorian chants. Pope Francis speaks in Italian, English, Spanish, and Portuguese on the album, and addresses a variety of themes, including peace, dignity, environmental justice, and charity.
Wake Up!‘s producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni told Rolling Stone the following about the album:
For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis… As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns.
The album’s first single, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” is excerpted from a talk Pope Francis gave in English to a South Korean audience back in 2014. It dropped on SoundCloud two days ago and already has almost 190K listens.
Wake Up! tracklist:
01 “Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum”
02 “Salve Regina”
03 “Laudato Sie…”
04 “Poe Que’ Sufren Los Ninos”
05 “Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!”
06 “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!”
07 “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”
08 “La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!”
09 “Pace! Fratelli!”
10 “Per La Famiglia”
11 “Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser”
Preorder Wake Up! here.