It’s another year, which means it must be time for Ayumi Hamasaki to release a new album.

The Empress of J-Pop will be releasing her eleventh studio album on April 14, entitled Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus. The tracklisting is as follows:

01.THE introduction
03.count down
04.Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~
06.Last Links
08.Don’t look back
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]

I’m not a fan of either album cover (CD and CD/DVD), nor did I find anything particularly impressive about the singles (“BALLAD” / “SUNRISE ~LOVE is ALL~“) that have been released from the album thus far. Actually, they’re terrible.

I feel like she’s been in a rut of generic balladry and cheap, faux-rock bland fests since 2006. Bring on dancey Ayu again–“Fly High”! “UNITE”! “WHATEVER”!

Disappointment city.

Click here for more details on the release.