01 - Steel Messiah (Super Robot Wars α Opening Theme)
02 - POWER (Super Robot Wars α Ending Theme)
03 - GO!! (Super Robot Wars IMPACT Opening Theme)
04 - Departure (Super Robot Wars IMPACT Ending Theme)
05 - SKILL (2nd Super Robot Taisen α Opening Theme)
06 - FOREVER & EVER (2nd Super Robot Taisen α Ending Theme)
07 - VICTORY (Super Robot Wars MX Opening Theme)
08 - The Earth's Promise (Super Robot Wars MX Ending Theme)
09 - GONG (3rd Super Robot Taisen α Ending Theme)
10 - Brother in faith (3rd Super Robot Taisen α Ending Theme)
11 - Rocks (Super Robot Wars OG: Original Generations Opening Theme)
12 - Portal (Super Robot Wars OG: Original Generations Ending Theme)
13 - Crest of "Z's" (Super Robot Wars Z Opening Theme)
14 - Cosmic Dance (Super Robot Wars Z Ending Theme)
We at RPGFan have extensively tracked each and every JAM Project single from the Super Robot Taisen (Super Robot Wars) series. Now, JAM Project has released all of their SRT contributions, from A to Z (well, from "Alpha" to Z), in one handy collection. If you haven't collected the previous singles, but you enjoy the JAM Project sound, this is a great album to pick up!
If you're not familiar with JAM Project's style, take a listen to any of the audio samples. Basically, they're a rock band with multiple male and female vocalists, and they have defined what Japanese power rock ought to sound like. All you need is a lot of vibrato in your voice, a touch of Engrish lyrics, and common chord progressions, and you can quickly put together a Super Robot Taisen opening theme. Ending themes are basically the same, but softer. They are not just power rock songs, but power rock ballads.
I have some personal favorites on the disc, such as th ending theme for SRT MX (track 8), mainly because of the instrumentation. But JAM Project always does a great job with these theme songs. It's cheesy, sure, but it's the best kind of cheesy. The performances are impressive, and each song's length allows you to fully digest the song's melodic themes and motifs. And just look at those track titles. They just scream "epic."
It doesn't take long before you start singing along with these songs. And if you're not good at singing in Japanese, you can always jump in for the English lyrics. You know you're really hooked when you're shouting "I'VE GOT THE POWER OF LOVE!" alongside JAM Project whenever you get the chance. But even if you never reach that level of otaku-dom, you can still enjoy these songs. Again, if you don't own any of the singles, but you feel you could get into this kind of music, I highly recommend this particular album.
Reviewed by: Patrick Gann