VATICAN CITY, ROME — Following the groundbreaking release of “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”, Believe Digital released Pope Francis’ new album in full.
Although pegged “rock”, the album is an eclectic collection of eleven tracks containing sacred hymns from the Christian tradition reworked by contemporary artists and composers. Pope Francis’ voice is heard all throughout the musical pieces with excerpts of his most significant speeches.
The pontiff’s voice is set over a compilation of songs ranging from rock to pop, Latin music to Gregorian chants.
In Pope Francis’ style, Wake Up! represents a harmonious link between traditional and modernism. The album was released Nov. 27. In addition to the music, whether downloads or physical albums, is included a 24-page booklet with lyrics and the Bishop of Rome’s words and prayers.
On the new release, Pope Francis is heard addressing universal issues such as peace, dignity, environmental protection, and aid for people most in need in Italian, Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
Wake Up! features various global artists in the diverse compilation. The album’s single “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” speaks directly to the youth. The message is to continuously move onward in life while electric guitar riffs, lines, and upbeat bass accompanied the words.
Many on social media have expressed their thoughts on the musical piece.
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