As of yesterday afternoon, I had completed the first mix of the entire new album . . . IN MONO!. This is deliberate, of course. My first mix is always in mono as it is often quite a revelation to get all the instruments balanced to as near perfection as possible without recourse to spatial separation. In addition to the the mono thing, there are no effects / EQ or anything. And it sounds pretty good.
In fact, I am seriously considering offering up a finished mono album as bonus download.