Pope Francis will release a “prog-rock-infused” album titled Wake Up! this November.
The LP features His Holiness delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his speeches inItalian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, paired with “uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant,” Rolling Stone reports.
This isn’t the first time the Vatican has released an album by a Pope. Wake Up!‘s producer and artistic director Don Giulio Neroni said: “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.”
Musician Tony Pagliuca, who composed several Wake Up! songs, was formerly a member of prog-rock band Le Orme.
Wake Up! is out November 27 with the iTunes pre-order now available with an instant download of ‘Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!’, which combines Pope Francis’ speech to a South Korean audience in English last year with, indeed, a truly prog-rock wigout.