“Wake Up!” – Pope Francis pop-rock album – is now available for pre-order on iTunes. The CD, where the pontiff speaks to his listeners in various languages, will officially be available on November 27.
According to the Rolling Stone, the album has 11 tracks that explores compelling issues like peace, dignity, environment and humanity. Each song comes with an excerpt of Pope’s most touching and moving speech.
Producer and artistic director, Don Giulio Neroni, was tasked to choose Pope’s most compelling messages. “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 dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns,” Neroni told the Rolling Stone.
Neroni had also been tasked to produce and direct albums released by other popes in the past. He had worked with John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Some of the songs in the album were composed by musician Tony Pagliuca. “During the years, I also made an important journey of faith,” he told the Rolling Stone. “When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge,” he said.
Vanity Fair gave an initial review of each of the track. “Laudato Sie” could be the song for the singles out there while “Licua” has a “trance-y beat” and fits the clubs. “Pace! Fratelli!” sounded like the next anthem for World Cup according to Vanity Fair while “Salve Regina” sounded so close to the song popularized by the film “Sister Act.” “La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!” is a song about church work.