when I listen to a track back I find it good to read the forum or some other website.
It occupies my 'logical' brain and then my illogical brain listens to the music and I can soon spot if there is something wrong with the track which I missed before. It's a bit weird, but it works. The 'wrong' thing just seems to leap out.
like when you render a track and you think "right that's totally finished" and you listen back to the wave file and something just leaps out at you? (perhaps it's just me) Well, it's the same sort of thing
that's pretty much exactly why I was thinking it was not a good thing - of course useful for production or analysis - but I'm talking about just listening to some nice music and feeling the vibe WITHOUT THAT BASTARD LOGICAL BRAIN INTERFERING!!
like yesterday, I stuck on 'heaven or las vegas' by the cocteau twins and a few times it made me stop everything
I remembered in my pre-internet/daily PC grind life I used to actually do things like lay on the bed with headphones jsut listening - or actually had a stereo in the living room that I used every day!
actually this is the big disadvantage of being a musician or audio engineer - sometimes it is really difficult to allow recreational listening that doesnt involve doing something else