Thanks everybody!Sadly, the song was returned. Although, it may not be so sad...I think, like a bunch of you, that it needs some work. As far as the lyrics go, I might be hosed. I can't write lyrics that are stories very well. In some ways, I can live with that; storytelling has never sold me on songs in the first place, unless there's somehing socially/politically relevent, and most of my favorite music nearly lyric-less...REM, Radiohead, etc. Andre - Thanks. I'd be happy to post the guitar clean and processed for comparison...I'm kinda dying to know myself. I got some new plugs, and the comp is really tough to dial in (waves ssl). It's pretty great sounding, but it LOVES to compress, and it loves to sound like the ssl buss comp...so much so, that I have to put an eq in front of it to make it work subtly at all. Also, I remember dialing out a lot of ribbon right at the end, in some effort to mix it bright and commercial, and to lower the noise, as that ribbon needs gobs of gain. I'm starting to learn this is a bad idea. That probably killed the mid midrange...that's for sure. I'm psyched though...I just got a J45, and so far it's sounding pretty great to me. Much, much more dynamic than the previous instrument. I'm not sure anyone has more time to help with opinions, but, do you think this song could benefit from a more natural, organic recording (i.e. more ribbon, less bright, more dynamic) at the expense of not sounding contemporary? The more I listen to it, the more I think the vocals sound "pro" enough in terms of performance, but I feel like it's nearly emotion-less. Maybe that's just because I'm aware that they're so painfully patched together line by line, that it's hard for me to view the vox as a performance, and not homework. Again, thanks to all. Back to the drawing board. This is fun.