Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The "brilliant lie" of "Let It Be"
Money quote: Spector's final version of Let It Be was a brilliant lie - a happy face painted on a miserable experience, a live-and-natural record made palatable with extensive tinkering, a patchwork of witty quips ("I hope we passed the audition") and relaxed but spot-on performances sewn together to make it sound like the Beatles were just older, more soulful versions of the cutups the world had fallen for years ago in A Hard Day's Night. As an album, it was better art than a more truthful document could have been; it just wasn't wholly a Beatles record. - Douglas Wolk, Rolling Stone's "The Beatles: The Ultimate Album-by-Album Guide"