Live at Bestival 2012

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  • Summary: The 13-track live recording benefited the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
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  1. Aug 23, 2013
    Recorded last year at Bestival on the Isle Of Wight, the band are as tight as ever; they’re clearly having a ball.
  2. Mojo
    Aug 13, 2013
    Played with authority and aplomb. [Sep 2013, p.96]
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    It features a clutch of terrific songs delivered with a sense of real elation. [Sep 2013, p.106]
  4. 70
    While it doesn’t rank as an essential live album concert disc by any stretch of the imagination, and even though it’s plagued by a slow start, New Order’s Live at Bestival 2012 will probably stand as their most solid live recording, celebrating their storied career with their best songs from 3 decades of albums.
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    This is a charity album, released to aid the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, and as such it's a commendable venture. Still, its placing in the New Order discography is hardly likely to be significant, especially as the Live at the London Troxy album from 2011 already documented this incarnation of the group in a live setting.
  6. Aug 13, 2013
    As a rule the lackadaisical New Order and the greatest hits-centric set they tour with aren’t the stuff of live album legend, and matters aren’t really helped by the fact large chunks of the set have been lopped out in order to make it into a single CD, with the likes of ‘Ceremony’ and ‘Crystal’ receiving the heave.
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Aug 21, 2013
    Perfection, though, remains unattainable thanks to Barney Sumner, whose enthusiasm is such that he adds an uncommon amount of whoops and yelps to songs that really do not need any. [Aug 2013, p.89]
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