thanks for the feedback.
Some general thoughts,
vocals... definitely right, none of us are native English speakers, will probably re-track the vocals. The phrasing critique, surely it was something that was not even in my agenda, now that it has been brought up I totally agree. Strong compression was/is intentional.
His voice is really thin, the "over processed" sound on vocals is indeed intentional, sort of a work around for this one, definitely calls to have a better place in the mix though. I wanted to go for a more "megaphone" sort of thing, but I settled for milder mid range, have to play with it some more, yet "artistically" I do find a need for that exaggerated mid range sound.
Mic placement and such... Gretsch Historic Reissue Jumbo, Shure Sm 137, around the 12th fret, slightly off axis. Waves SSL channel strip on the track, some eq, mild to heavy compression, pretty old elixir strings (.12)
"Backwards" Guitar on the left, that is coming up in the mix for sure!!! for those wondering that is: a Gretsch jet into a Pod XT with some noisy patch I made, the sort of thing that happens when you listen way too much to Fennesz. Not backwards at all. I was not planning on using it, was something I tracked just for the fun of it, turned out pretty cool.
Additional elements, those are coming, accordion? perhaps... percussion is coming for sure, after all that is why we have a drummer. this mix is growing for sure. This is not only a premix but a work in progress, just wanted to make sure I was on the right path mix-wise. there is motion coming, I can assure that.
the clipping thing... meh, that has more to do with turning EQ knobs up to 11 rather than tracking too hot. I do hear it, though.
Backing vocals, BV on the left is me, on the right are the same as the lead singer, will probably add some more. I'm in a very Background vocals mood lately, listening to pet sounds right now to get some inspiration...
finally, I want to thank you all for chiming in on this, the main goal of this exercise is to open my eyes to the sort of things that might be slipping under my radar. It is so easy to get lost while being obsessively doing something, let alone while obsessively composing, recording, producing, playing and reading gearslutz.
Thanks again and keep 'em coming!!