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Wake Up!

Pope Francis

Wake Up!

An album of Pope Francis' prayers and speeches set to a variety of music styles performed by Italian session musicians

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  1. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Usually, the music – some of which is quite lovely – veers closer to the New Age neoclassicism of Vangelis or Kitaro, a warm fit for Francis' tender, elegant speaking voice
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  2. 6.0 |   Gig Soup

    This is an intriguing album that is not difficult to listen to but, at the same time, does meander in places. But — all being said — it is still a prog rock album by the Pope!
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  3. 5.0 |   Pitchfork

    Pope Francis, already a more human papal figure than any in recent history, is humanized even further by this album's total musical awkwardness, its bewildering genre, its pluralistic good heart
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  4. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Even at its strongest moments, Wake Up! won’t spark any kind of religious revolution. But it will earn the Church some cool points and help Francis promote his image as a man of the people
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  5. 4.5 |   Under The Radar

    An intriguing collection of some of His Holiness' most influential speeches, set to rather saccharine, synth-based music
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  6. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A bizarrely interesting record for bizarrely interesting times
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  7. 3.0 |   Crack

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  8. 1.0 |   Clash

    It's so painfully eager to please
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