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SONG BATTLE: High Water vs. Emotion Detector


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Poll: SONG BATTLE: High Water vs. Emotion Detector (37 member(s) have cast votes)

High Water vs Emotion Detector

  1. High Water (18 votes [48.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.65%

  2. Emotion Detector (19 votes [51.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 51.35%

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#1 fraroc

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:28 PM

Two forgotten synth era songs that are underrated in my mind and that Rush has never done live. Which one will win in a head-2-head battle?

I make it no secret that I really like High Water, it's a very atmospheric song that doesn't get NEARLY as much love as it deserves. Geddy's bass playing on track is top notch as always and the synths and drum beats really go together very nicely. Sure, it drags a lot and is weak compared to a song like Mystic Rhythms, but it's not bad.

Emotion Detector is the song everybody forgets exists on Power Windows, tis a shame because I really like this song. I love the synths, the chorus has a nice hook, and I wish that they would have done this one live.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:30 PM

High Water

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:30 PM

Both songs are pretty mediocre in my opinion. But of the two, Emotion Detector is slightly better crafted.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:38 PM

There needs to be a neither option.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:53 PM

Emotion Detector by a mile. They probably never played it live because it's the worst song on the record. But it's still not a bad song.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:58 PM

Neither are very good, but Emotion Detector is still miles better.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 10:41 PM

both are favorites round chez Dinodaddyrockville.

Hard to say but High Water.

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 11:48 PM

High Water - Criminally underrated song. I don't know why it's so underrated. Maybe because it comes after Tai Shan, and once Tai Shan comes along, the album is practically over... I love High Water though!!!!!!

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 02:15 AM

High Water and Tai Shan are both 10's for me. Two of my very favourite Rush songs and in my head inseparable from each other. High Water wins against ED easily.

But I also like ED so this poll is a winner no matter which gets the most votes.

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 02:30 AM

Emotion Detector, a great song....High Water is a good song too

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 08:19 AM

I prefer Emotion Detector but both songs are quite forgettable imo. The worst of their respective albums.


View PostDistantEarlySignals, on 30 June 2015 - 11:48 PM, said:

High Water - Criminally underrated song. I don't know why it's so underrated. Maybe because it comes after Tai Shan, and once Tai Shan comes along, the album is practically over... I love High Water though!!!!!!

That's the opposite for me. I love Tai Shan but don't care about High Water

Edited by Tuesday's Gone, 01 July 2015 - 08:20 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 09:09 AM

Love both of these.  Killer hooks in these tunes.  Songs I never skip when listening to the albums.

Gotta go with High Water though; can't resist that groove.

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

Water detector...High Emotion...

I went with the Hold Your Fire song.  I honestly can't remember how the other song goes, it's been years since I've listened to PoW.

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:40 AM

I really really like both but Emotion Detector had a killer jam so it wins.

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 11:55 AM

Very difficult choice for me. I love both songs.

I think High Water has to win. I fail to accurately explain the why of it. But it does.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 01:20 PM

Alex's lead on ED is classic!

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 05:43 PM

Emotion Detector is so beautifully crafted, the instrumental section is one of their best. Great synth work as well...High Water is awesome too though

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 11:31 PM

High Water, for sure.

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Posted 29 January 2016 - 11:41 PM

Emotion Detector. Something about it strikes me.

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 01:02 AM

Both are great! But Emotion Detector gets my vote.




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