This week, Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race; the pope dropped in on New York; and then Pope Francis dropped an album. OK, that's not totally accurate — just one song from the album, titled "Wake Up," has been released so far, after Rolling Stone broke the news on Friday afternoon. "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!," the first track from Pope Francis' album — yes, this is real life — is available right now. But when will Pope Francis' full album, "Wake Up," described by Rolling Stone as "prog-rock-infused," be available?
The Pope's team have apparently decided to release the album just in time for Christmas, perhaps in the hope that you'll buy it for your mom (you know, if she's Catholic). It'll be available on Nov. 27, 2015. The album will feature, according to Rolling Stone reporter Daniel Kreps, "the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant." Right.
Pope Francis was already a pretty progressive pope. I mean, he uses Twitter a lot, he's advanced women's rights, and he's the first pope ever to talk to Congress. But dropping an album? This is a whole new ball game. That's some Miley Cyrus-level behavior. (Although I suspect the Pope would not appreciate being compared to Cyrus.)
You can listen to the Pope's first track on SoundCloud here.
Here's the full track listing, courtesy of Rolling Stone.
1. "Annuntio Vobis Gadium Mangum" 2. "Salve Regina" 3. "Laudato Sie…" 4. "Poe Que' Sufren Los Ninos" 5. "Non Lasciatevi Rubare La Speranza!" 6. "La Iglesia No Puede Ser Una Ong!" 7. "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" 8. "La Fa Es Entera, No Se Licua!" 9. "Pace! Fratelli!" 10. "Per La Famiglia" 11. "Fazei O Que Ele Vos Disser"