By Jan Smit
Live at Acropolis was recorded in 2016 in the Herod Atticus Odeon in Athens. The Greek authorities granted permission to Norwegian singer-songwriter Sivert Høyem to perform on the stage where Sting and others did their shows before him.
Although Sivert Høyem’s music can be characterised as laid back and has that hot summer nights feel to it, it is strong and dynamic at the same time: especially Sivert’s powerful voice (comparable to that of Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker) gives depth to the music and makes the songs take on a majestic quality. Sivert’s band including string quartet greatly contribute to the first rate end product.
If you want an evening filled with well sounding songs that sometimes are on the bombastic and heavy side, then listen to this collection and you’re in for a treat. Live at Acropolis consists of two CD’s and a DVD of the concert and has been released in the Netherlands in June 2017.