Mute different things
Here’s a great little trick for getting a fresh perspective on something you’re working on: mute random things. Prime candidates:
vocal master (i.e., all vocals. You are working with a vocal master, right?)
lead vocal only
And just listen through the song! It’s wild how you can miss a bunch of stuff that isn’t quite working until you hear the song with the vocals muted. And then all of a sudden it gets very clear.
No words, just emotions — jamie