I like the way things flowed in Knuckles classic Adventure theme. But nevertheless both still held in it's weight for a decent listen. Just wait till you hear my special guest's ReMIX version of it (if you haven't already! XD)
The original Unknown from M.E. just sounds better to me. I mean aside from the "unlike Sonic I don't chuckle" part, the lyrics about wanting to save the flowers from evil deterioration not only reminds me of Knuckles' very highly regarded duty as guardian of the Master Emerald and sole protector of Angel Island, but it also brings in a subtle environmental message. Also it seems to fit Knuckles' history and general attitude as presented in the Archie Comics.
I like some Sonic music, mainly Sonic or Shadow's or even Eggman's theems as well as title songs, but beyond that not many of the music styles of the other characters interest me. I liked SOnic 2006 music, some great stuff, Mephiles' music tended to be quite dark and the title music (HIS WOOOOOOOORLD!) kicked ass. Loved it. Have you heard this? [link] and this is cool too [link]
Anyhoo, rock on! Gotta love some good old corny rock.
On your poll, I saw Shadow's new theme 'I Am...All of Me' won over 'Throw it all away'. I loved the latter song, shame it lost!
S.A.1 Unknown from M.E is much better. Not only does it incorporate hip-hop but also jazz as well. This mix style is what makes me like alot of the tracks from Sonic. The remix is good...but it doesn't has that flare like the original version does. Street Fighter 3 sound tracks have that same style of mixing hip-hop and jazz, along with a few other styles as well, but hey you might like the remix version, so roll with what you like.
I guess you listen to DJ Karui and MaxieDeMan. Just love their remixes of the games. I've taken a shine to Ibuki, and Dudley stage tracks. I'm not the biggest fan of techno...but songs like Dudley be having me hooked, I can give you points on every song if need be. I'm here with open ears.