Following the studio album by a matter of months instead of years, Ghost Stories: Live 2014
's supporting tour for their 2014 album, Ghost Stories
. Unlike many live albums, this record isn't a stroll through the band's back pages. Instead, this provides live versions of each of the nine songs from Ghost Stories
, all cobbled together from performances given in London, Sydney, Paris, New York City, Cologne, and Los Angeles. Ghost Stories
isn't an especially kinetic album and its original incarnation emphasizes studio textures, some of which are captured in concert; there are synths and perhaps hints of tapes as well. Overall, Coldplay resist the temptation to give these meditative songs muscle, nor do they rush the tempos, which means Ghost Stories: Live 2014
merely feels bright and open -- a nice distinction for the hardcore fans who are the real audience for this pleasant package.