Coldplay’s Live 2012 album is a recording of their tour from this year, being released by EMI just in time for the Christmas rush. Recorded in Paris on 2 September 2012 at the Stade De France, it represents the very best parts of all their studio albums and is an orgasm for the ears if you like the band.

OK, so down to business – what does the live album sound like? Well if you are expecting a perfect rendition of every studio track then you are in for a rude awakening, but that isn’t what a live album is about anyway. The fact of the matter is that they sound incredible considering they have been on tour since October 2011 with this album.

The playlist is awesome, balancing popular tracks from the album with their older material. Barely breaking for bows, their seamless phasing between tracks without missing the beat as well as the little changes made to songs all add to the excitement.

The only negative comment we have to make about the album as a whole is that you can tell that Chris Martin’s voice is starting to take a beating as he struggles to reach and sustain the high notes in places. Saying that, some of these tracks are difficult for the most passionate of singers, so it is incredible that he hasn’t, to our knowledge, had to cancel a show unlike some divas and bands we would care to mention.

There is something that does bug us about Live 2012 though – Rihanna performs the track ‘Princess of China’ live with Coldplay, duetting with Chris Martin as per the original track. This is one of the two occasions in the last year she has done so – the other being as part of the Olympic ceremony. Call us suspicious, but why is she appearing live on the only part of the tour that happens to be recorded? We realise that she has her own career and couldn’t possibly tour with the guys as a result, and that the video she recorded to be played so that she could ‘perform’ with Coldplay whilst they were on tour ended up becoming part of the music video for the track, but would it be too much to ask for her to perform on more than one tour date? Seems a bit off, but that’s just our opinion – we still love Rihanna.

Tracks that audibly go down with the crowd are ‘In My Place’, ‘Major Minus’ and ‘Viva La Vida’. There are some great re-workings of ‘Yellow’ and ‘God Put A Smile On Your Face’, as well as the version of ‘Us Against The World’ they played at Glastonbury – except intentionally this time.

We love this album, and can’t wait to watch the DVD that accompanies it.

Go Get It: ‘Clocks’

Forget It: ‘Mylo Xyloto’

Live 2012 is available to buy from Amazon or iTunes now.