I also love it. I didn't read your comment about Cardinal Points Law until after I listened and noticed it. I was thinking...."this is panned just like I would have done it!".
I love that vocal "crispness". Please tell me mic and pre?? That's very close to the sound I hear in my head - and that I love on recordings.
I didn't track it - a lot of it was recorded by hook or by crook. They have an Mbox and used a bunch of project studios too. I think the LV was a TLM103 into the Mbox. Some of the tracks sounded so wacky, I was doing such radical EQ that a few times I decided I must've lost perspective, better to stop for the night and check in the morning. In the morning, I decided I had been correct, so I just accepted that I had my mixing work cut out for me. The path for the LV in the mix was an API550 for "corrective EQ," an LA2 and a TubeTech EQ for a "sweetening EQ" (if you want to call it that). (This is specifically for the song "Grasshoppers.")
I liked the cardinal points - I'd do it again. They actually asked me, on one song, to pan everything back and forth during the entire song. I kicked against it in my mind but decided I would give it a try before I said no. To my surprise, I really think it worked - song has a bit of a "sea shanty" feel.
It's cool hearing what everyone is up to, this is what it's all about.