2nd listen on bass heavy cans House of Marley.
Still thin mix.
Still thin hihats ride thin toms.
Possibly partially because of O2R digital recording desk.
The arrangement :
samey thin sounds chosen occupying similar range cluttering getting in each others way
(guitars keys harmonica backing vocals JT's voice).
This won who knows why ?
Perhaps because the engineer made it Not sound a mess by simply thinning everything.
Perhaps because selectors thought this is the cutting edge on digital desk.
Now compare to this just right sounding mix.
Recording medium has a little something to do with it.
Listen to the fullness of sound.
There's no thinness.
Fine choice of sounds which help the other sounds.
Plenty going on even more than JT's song.
1975 Leon Haywood I wanna do something freaky https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K8OZux6hp1Q
I understand with the gear many of us have,
we are more likely to get the thin sound of JT's song.
Still i think
we can choose sounds carefully (drums, keys, guitars, horns, strings, backing vocals)
we can consider the pitch, tone, range of our voice and which sounds complement
we can consider arrangements on how best fit these sounds
(consider ourselves a chef)
we can consider where on the guitar keyboard we will play our riff our harmonies solos
enabling our song to sound fuller lesser cluttered.
One note on hihats.
Some styles obviously have hihats as part of the style.
Some songs in other styles can just require keeping tempo with hihat pedal.
For such songs I think it's unnecessary to do anything else on hihats,
thus freeing up clutter,
freeing up hands brain to do other things on drums.