Pope Francis has a new rock album out! No, this is not a joke. The pontiff's new album Wake Up! is a diverse collection of eleven tracks containing the sacred hymns of the Christian tradition reimagined by contemporary artists and composers. Pope Francis' voice is heard through excerpts of his most significant speeches during his election set over an eclectic compilation of songs ranging from pop to rock, Latin music to Gregorian chants.
Wake Up! represents a harmonic link between tradition and modernism. The album is being released today, November 27, via http://popefranciswakeup.believedigital.com/. In addition to the music, downloads and physical albums will include a twenty-four page booklet including lyrics and His Holiness' words and prayers.
In Italian, Spanish, English, and Portuguese we hear Pope Francis address universal issues such as peace, dignity, environmental protection, and aid for people most in need. With assistance from various global artists, Wake Up! is a diverse and poignant compilation. The album's namesake "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" is a direct message to youth to move continuously onward in life and is set to extremely accessible electric guitar riffs, inspiring horn lines, and upbeat bass. "Cuidar El Planeta" combines classical guitar with Latin dance influences to bring to light the importance of environmentalism. Arranged with haunting choir vocals and evocative string accompaniment. "¿Por Qué Sufren Los Niños?" is a track filled with a message of empathy. The remainder of the album is as equally distinct while staying musically authentic.
Pope Francis is a forward thinking spiritual leader who has given the Catholic Church new energy. The Pontiff has millions of followers, all whom turn to him for prayers, requests, and intercession to which he responds personally and graciously. Now, this album will act as a connection between spirituality and the modern ideals by bridging faith and the common good through contemporary music.