I think the initial reaction on this forum was due to the 'false-advertisement' of what the album will sound like mixed with our individual expectation/interpretation of what House music in the 90s sounds like. I really don't think anyone from her casual fans had opinions about the production other than 'she's back to dance pop!!'. It is objectively a well produced album but it is also quite safe even though now we know that it was a conscious decision. The production compliments the lyrics rather than her taking risks with it. I think her most forward thinking album production wise was Born This Way. It really sounded like it came from outer space at the time. Joanne also really influenced the sound of many artists that followed the vibe back in 2017.