Interesting analysis Kevin, I’m gonna look into it. Honestly a couple things I can account for. The string line is what makes it “twee” there at the start. Originally I buried it pretty good cause I thought it was a bit cheesy, but then Craig, the guy who mixed it, decided to bring it out a little more. I trust his mix decisions and overall I think he got things sounding a whole lot tighter than I had them.
As far as timing, after I listened to what Ian was saying about Broken World, I decided too loosen things up a bit and not quantize as hard. If the drums are off it’s not by much, because I programmed a lot of that in by mouse. It’s the Pop EZX being run inside Superior Drummer, which adds humanization and whatnot. When I listen hard it seems like the singer is the one that’s off (yeah here I go again…), but I will say it’s a very hard song to sing. Me and Craig decided to keep my vocals for the chorus and use them as backing to strengthen that part of the song.
More advice is welcome