I agree that it was too harshly reviewed, but when you start of with ATMP, there is just no way to go but down. If George was more cynical, he would have saved some of the songs for LITMW. Perhaps the ones he felt might have been "hurt" by the production. I think he definitely should have saved "Let It Down" for the follow-up. He did the right thing by losing the Spector production of ATMP. It's cool once, but becomes a gimmick after that. The only problem is, I think Spector's bombastic production helped some of the weaker ballads on ATMP. I thinks that's the problem with LITMW. Too many slow ballads, especially on side 2, that don't benefit from their subdued production. And not enough uptempo tunes to balance out the album. Cloud Nine might have a ton of catchy tunes, but LITMW was his last great album. If for no other reason than it's ambition to be a great album. After the drubbing, George got shy about making any more of these.