The difference between "Amore" and "Amor" is more than just a letter. The words are the two titles to Andrea Bocelli's upcoming albums: "Amore," the international, multilingual version, comes out this

The difference between "Amore" and "Amor" is more than just a letter. The words are the two titles to Andrea Bocelli's upcoming albums: "Amore," the international, multilingual version, comes out this week in the United States and Feb. 24 in much of the rest of the world. "Amor," the all-Spanish version, will arrive in the Latin market March 22.

All of Bocelli's albums are romantic, but nowhere is that theme more prevalent than on "Amore." Its tracks include "Besame Mucho," "Somos Novios" (popularized in English as "It's Impossible" and recorded here as a duet with Christina Aguilera) and the Italian "Canzoni Stonate," with Stevie Wonder on vocals and harmonica.

Bocelli says the choice of repertoire hinged on quality and emotion. "Millions of songs have been written, and at the end of the day there are only seven notes," he observes. "Why, therefore, should we insist on recording new music when it lacks true inspiration, that fundamental honesty which is the only thing that can touch people's hearts? It's much, much better to focus our attention on a repertoire which has made entire generations dream all over the world."

Bocelli played many of the songs as a student performing in piano bars. "So it was a very moving experience for me to revisit this extraordinary musical world, with the experience I have today and a different vocal awareness," he says. "It is with these songs that many people experienced their first love, many got engaged, married or simply spent unforgettable evenings."