BilingualBilingual

Released - 1996
Chart peak - UK #4, US #39

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Visitors' rating (rounded average): ★★★☆☆
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Much of the music of Bilingual was inspired by the Pet Shop Boys' visit to South America during their 1995 tour (during which their Rio de Janiero concert was filmed for the DiscoVery video). Neil and Chris gained greater exposure to Latin American music than ever before and were greatly impressed by it, so much so that roughly half of the tracks on their next album would bear pronounced Latin American influences.

The album title stems not only from this experience itself (if music is something of a "language" then the Boys were establishing themselves as "bilingual" by so strongly embracing Latin music in addition to their more typical "synth/dance pop") but also from one of the songs, "Single," which was retitled "Single-Bilingual" for release as a—you guessed it—single. More than one critic has also suggested a pun of sorts in the title, with Bilingual being a "code word" for "bisexual." Chris himself suggested as much when, in the Nightlife tour booklet he says of "Single-Bilingual": "A play on words. It obviously means bisexual." Of course, one can never be too sure when the Boys are or aren't being facetious.

At any rate, a few months after the album's release, a two-disc "special edition" was put out that featured extended remixes of the singles plus "Somewhere" and "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On."

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