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Hamasaki Ayumi is dropping both her ARENA TOUR 2009 A - NEXT LEVEL - concert DVD and her brand-new album Rock'n'Roll Circus on the same day! Continuing the diva's trademark rock pop sounds, Rock'n'Roll Circus includes her hit double A-sides from last year, Sunrise / Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ and You were... / BALLAD, and ten new songs for a total of 14 tracks. Ayumi's recent CM songs for Panasonic and Honda, Don't look back and Microphone, are among the album's new songs.

This edition comes with a DVD containing eight music videos plus making clips, and highlights from ARENA TOUR 2009 -NEXT LEVEL-.

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Product Title: Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Hong Kong Version) Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(香港版) Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(香港版) Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(香港版) Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Hong Kong Version)
Singer Name(s): Hamasaki Ayumi 濱崎步 滨崎步 浜崎あゆみ 하마사키 아유미
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2010-04-23
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Other Information: Album / CD+DVD
Package Weight: 250 (g)
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
Publisher: Avex Asia Limited
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022501637

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濱崎 步推出個人第11張原創專輯「Rock'n'Roll Circus 搖滾馬戲團」。CD除了收錄暢銷雙主打單曲「Sunrise / Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~」、「You were… / BALLAD」之外,再加上首次開拔至倫敦錄音的專輯曲10曲,製作出這張收錄共15曲的豪華專輯! DVD則收錄包括為了本專輯特別拍攝的4首歌曲在內,總數為專輯收錄曲數一半以上的8支音樂錄影帶&幕後花絮影像。另外DVD更收錄有Bonus Track:"濱崎 步 2009 巡迴演唱會 ~新起步~" 剪輯版。

CD+DVD初回限定特典:全程在倫敦拍攝的豪華全彩36頁寫真冊。
*First Press comes with photobook.

01 THE introduction
02. Microphone
03. count down
04. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~
05. BALLAD
06. Last Links
07. montage
08. Don't look back
09. Jump!
10. Lady Dynamite
11. Sexy little things
12. Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~
13. meaning of Love
14. You were...
15. Red Line ~for TA~ [album version]

DVD
01. Sunrise~LOVE is ALL~ (video clip)
02. Sunset~LOVE is ALL~ (video clip)
03. You were...(video clip)
04. BALLAD (video clip)
05. Sexy little things (video clip)
06. Microphone (video clip)
07. Don't look back (video clip)
08. Lady Dynamite (video clip)
09. Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~ (making clip)
10. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (making clip)
11. You were... (making clip)
12. BALLAD (making clip)
13. Sexy little things (making clip)
14. Microphone (making clip)
15. Don't look back (making clip)
16. Lady Dynamite (making clip)
※bonus track:"ayumi hamasaki ARENA TOUR 2009A ~NEXT LEVEL~" DIGEST " 巡迴演唱會" 剪輯版
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Professional Review of "Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Hong Kong Version)"

May 12, 2010

This professional review refers to Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)
Hamasaki Ayumi is no stranger to the rock genre. Over her illustrious 12 year career, she has recorded numerous rock-influenced singles and albums. However, her last several releases have been criticized for going away from her roots and as a result causing a dip in her popularity and album sales. The Queen of J-pop turns to rebellious rock & roll to respond loudly to her critics with her eleventh album, Rock'n'Roll Circus.

Recorded at London's famed Metropolis studios which notable rockers such as Bon Jovi and Queen have used before, the album kicks off with an introduction called THE introduction. It sets a dark, yet empowering mood with its orchestral, electronic bass line and leads the way to the explosive Microphone. Certainly the hardest-sounding track of the record, it begins with frantic organ playing before coming in with a full band sound. Although powerful, it is also confusing as it continuously alternates between loud and soft throughout the whole track.

If the multi-talented songstress really wants to find success with rock music, she should continue what she does in count down (Track 3) and Last Link (Track 6). Both tracks begin softly and slowly build up to the louder choruses, dizzying guitars, slamming drums. Although they don't pack a punch as hard as Microphone, these two tracks are edgy enough without overdoing the intense rock sound.

In between the two rock tracks are two soft ballads, Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ followed by BALLAD. Hamasaki definitely knows how to do ballads and the unimaginatively-named BALLAD is among her best. The use of the Chinese instruments gives it a grand and epic sound which goes well with her dramatic singing on the track. Sunset is the slowed version of Sunrise ~LOVE is ALL~ (Track 12). It's a basic ballad with some piano and strings arrangement while Sunrise has more electronic elements to pick up the pace of the song. Which is better depends on whether you prefer the slow love song or the get-up, get-moving type of song, but neither really stand out.

In the middle of the album, there are two completely different sounding interludes with the exotic Don’t look back (Track 8) sandwiched in between. While Don't look back provides an element of uniqueness to the album with its Arabian-influenced electronic sound, I'm not sure about the decision to place the two interludes so close to one another. Maybe she wants to signify a departure from the "rock tent" of her circus with the gothic Montage, and announce the entrance to the "dance tent" with the blood-pumping Jump!, but I found both tracks unnecessary.

The next two techno tracks that come after the second interlude are hit or miss; they're not great but they're not dreadful either. While Lady Dynamite is catchy, it's also messy and unclear on whether it wants to be a rock song or a techno one. Sexy Little things is a real fun song but can be annoying at times with the quirky sounds that are heard throughout the track.

The album ends with three pop-rock ballad hybrids. On a quick listen, you might not know where one ends and the other begins as all three have the same soft opening and the gradual buildup. Only Red Line ~for TA~ (Track 15) stands out as Hamasaki ends the track and album by singing the chorus a cappella, showing the deep meaning of the song.

All in all, Rock'n'Roll Circus is an above average release from the Japanese diva. However, if you're expecting a genuine rock album, then you'll be disappointed. The number of actual rock tracks can be counted on one hand as the tracks take a 5-track dance detour before making its way back towards pop/rock sounds. Although the personal subjects and raw emotions she places in her lyrics are deep and dark, they aren't supplemented with the right music to make them into true rock songs.

by Leon Lee

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Customer Review of "Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.9 out of 10 (7)

Whitney
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February 19, 2013

This customer review refers to Rock'n'Roll Circus (Jacket B)(Japan Version)
4 people found this review helpful

You GOTTA Respect the J-pop Queen! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Once again, this woman has exceeded my expectations!

From the moment I pressed "play", I knew this was going to be an AMAZING album.

And it was...it truly was.

Of course, one’s going to notice the drastic change within Hamasaki's style but to be honest...I think it was a good change. I just loved the energy she was created within this album! It was such a fun, pulse-pounding beat! You could absolutely feel the power she was displaying in these tracks! Now I normally don't listen to rock, but this album was so beautifully crafted that even I turned a blind eye!

I know not everyone’s going to agree that this is Hamasaki’s best work, but honestly…I don’t care! To me, this album was utter perfection! From start to finish, it delivered a neat set of tracks that flowed perfectly with one another. I loved that! I also adore the fact that Hamasaki goes against all odds and does what SHE wants to do regardless of what others say. Because I know for a fact that there are others out there that criticizes her for “abandoning her J-pop roots” just because she likes to try different things. And although that realization is rather depressing, Miss Hamasaki doesn't budge. She continues to do what she loves---and creating music that's open for all listeners...and I respect that.

As I said before, the music displayed here was exceptionally beautiful! Miss Hamasaki always creates songs that are radiating with purpose! I love all the songs on this album...there wasn’t a single track I disliked! But the most awesome tracks are: "Microphone" "Sunset~LOVE is ALL~" "BALLAD" "Last Links" "Don't look back" "Jump!" "Lady Dynamite" "Sunrise~LOVE is ALL~" "meaning of Love" and finally, "RED LINE ~for TA~"

Twelve years in the music business and she still has the power to create masterpieces like this! Only a true artist can accomplish this feat---and that’s Ayumi Hamasaki.

A wonderful add from the J-pop Queen! (^o^)
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CF
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February 18, 2011

1 people found this review helpful

Masterpiece of variety- An Ayu´s jewel Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was waiting for buying this album since the last year (2010), I love it in every single way. That’s why I bought it and as always YESASIA grant professionally.
However, in any case I’m going to make a review of this unexpected and beautiful album full of flawless songs which make my day everyday.

First of all, I’m going to talk about the tracks, The Introduction is such an epic introduction which at first time it takes me like if I hadn’t heard before, so I forget it quickly. It’s OK, it’s only an interlude. Score: 7’5/10
About Microphone, one of my favourites tracks, I’ve not to say too much, it’s spectacular. Score: 9’5/10
Then, we find Countdown; I love it, it’s so pure in its darkness… Score: 9’5/10
Sunset- LOVE is ALL Score: 8’5
BALLAD, a masterpiece with sophisticated instrumentation Score: 10/10
Last Links, a wonderful piece of art, guitar brings me chills. Furthermore, it’s dramatically and her voice is sad. Score: 9’5/10
Montage, a well-done interlude, c´est magnificient. Score: 10/10
Don’t look back, there’s one track which transmits me so many emotions and joined with the PV it makes it brilliant. Score: 10/10
Jump! Another interlude, it’s energetic and upbeat, It makes me feel crazy.
Score: 10/10
Lady Dynamite: it’s fun and with the PV, you have a party. This gives Ayu the diva that she is. Score: 8/10
Sexy Little Things: a masterpiece which you can love it or hate it, there’s nothing between those feelings. Score: 10/10
Sunrise- LOVE is ALL a happy summer song, it reminds me always the sun and happiness of my childhood. Thanks Ayu. Score: 8/10
Meaning of love: beautiful and beautiful ballad, for me it´s sad, but many people say that’s a happy ballad. Score: 9/10
You were… a Christmas ballad, meaningful this is the song that I love the most in the single You were…/BALLAD. It doesn’t make me get tired. Score: 9/10
RED-line (TA) the last song dedicated for her fans ( I’m included, of course). It’s melancholically and at the same time brings you force to continue in your way of your life.
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December 9, 2010

1 people found this review helpful

Her worst album. Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Lately ayumi has lost her touch in good quality music
all of her songs sound the same!,and some of them are starting to sound a little corny.
this album has some good song
"Sunset-LOVE IS ALL"-10/10-its better than 'sunrise'
"Microphone-7/10-its not that great.
"Sexy little things-6/10-nice try but its a little ....stupid.
"Lady dynamite"-9/10-a pretty good song.
"Sunrise-LOVE IS ALL"-8/10-a pretty good song,it had to grow on me becuase it didnt like it at all at first. plus the single cover is TERRIBLE!!
"You were"-10/10-i love the chorus of this son,i dont know why it got mixed reveiews its her best ballad in a long time in my opinion
"Ballad-6/10-not crazy about this song.
"Dont look back"-7/10-i thought this song would be really good when i heard it in a CM,but i was dissapointed with the whol song.
overall,yes,this is her worst album compared to "LOVEppears" and "NEXT LEVEL".
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Sakura-chan
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June 25, 2010

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1 people found this review helpful

Better than GUILTY and NEXT LEVEL Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The title is "Rock'n'Roll Circus" but, saying the truth, this title was more suitable for "GUILTY", here there is only "Microphone" as rock song and a lot of pop and ballads. By the way, "Sunrise" was a good summer single, different from the others, not techno-dance just pop but with a very catchy melody, "Sunset" is the ballad version of "Sunrise". "You were..." sounds a lot like "Days" but it's a strong and powerful ballad, "BALLAD" is a nice ballad (as the title says) with oriental ethnic sounds. "Microphone" surprised me a lot, it's a gothic-rock track but the only one representing rock in the album, "Don't look back" is a super catchy pop song, "Sexy little things" is a new style from Ayu, cute but not dance, it's very enjoyable anyway. The album ends with an acoustic pop song titled "RED LINE", it's the best chioce to close this wonderful album. I enjoyed the experimental sound of "NEXT LEVEL" but this sounds more mature to me.
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May 1, 2010

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2 people found this review helpful

From a British Point of View Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Being both British and a MASSIVE long time Ayu fan I wet myself with excitement went I learnt that the concept for Ayu’s new album was Britian!!!
But how does her new release compare to her other work?

Songs
Containing a mixture of rock, pop and ballads Ayu manages to give us the type of songs that we know and love her for as well as moving her music into a fresh direction. For me there are a few stand out songs that really show that Ayu still has that music magic. Sexy Little Things is a bizarre pop track with a dark under current, Don’t Look Back is a mysterious haunting track with a beautiful sitar playing throughout, Lady Dynamite is a top foot stamping party anthem and Microphone is Ayu Rock at its best!!!!

Music Videos
I LOVE the videos for Microphone and Sexy Little Things!!! Okay, okay I know they were shot in Britain so I am a little biased but they are both REALLY BIZZARE and REALLY BRITISH at the same time. For any Brits out there seeing a bunch of fox hunters doing a daft dance, a janitor body popping in the underground tunnels, and a scary clown man in a white bowler hat is a must!!!! Also the MV for Lady Dynamite is … well … if you have seen the video for Relax by 80s band Frankie Goes to Hollywood you will get a idea … yep that’s right … Ayu in a gay bar …. who’d have thought it!!!!

Photos
As well as the CD booklet you also get a bonus photobook of Ayu out and about in London. I love her in our British telephone booths, looking glamorous by Big Ben, marching in front of the palace and even hanging around outside a pub!!!! The only problem is that in most the photos the weather was being typically British …. Rainy and grey skies!!!!

Although I wouldn’t say this is my favourite Ayu album it is definitely in my top five and for any British Ayu fans this album is pure gold as its great to see our idol on our green and pleasant lands!!!
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