I don’t have any clear memories of my first impressions of Rock’n’Roll Circus. Given that I have an old playlist in my iTunes library of my favorite tracks off the album, it’s a fair bet that I enjoyed some of the tracks, but not all of them. Listening to it again now, I can understand why — the songs I picked out were the rock tracks, and the ones I’d left behind were the slower ballads.
I’ve always liked Ayu’s rock songs more than her ballads; that taste is likely apparent throughout these reviews. And it’s not that the ballads on this album are bad songs on their own; they’re lovely if you set out to listen to a slow ballad. Interspersed with heavy, upbeat rock and pop tracks, though, they slow down the album as a whole. It doesn’t really help when the same song is on there twice.
Rock’n’Roll Circus isn’t a bad album, it’s just very uneven. I think I would like it a lot more if it were a shorter, more focused album; the extended tracklist gives it room to meander and isn’t really a benefit. All that said, the cover art for this album is one of my favorites, and I’ve long regretted not buying a physical copy.