Can a recording be “too perfect?”
I think that is up to each persons individual taste. Sometimes I hear stuff and I wished they used auto tune. We had one amazing musician (Gabriel Sabadi) here that used to tell me he would have typically over 100 tracks per song. His songs sounded amazing. I would not want to manage 100 track in my worst nightmare. As for artificial quality, listen to any top 40 song today and I would say they all sound that way. There is no such thing as raw talent it would seem anymore.