Album Review: Talking with the Dead by The Rusticators


Album Name: Talking with the Dead
Artist: The Rusticators
Year/Label: 2005 / ISART Music

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

This is the second CD from Virginia-based acoustic duo (Abby Linfert and Chris Amsler), The Rusticators. The first being 2002’s self-titled release.

The music could be described as country-folk with the heavy emphasis on the country part. Nice harmonies and good songwriting with a twang.

The lyrics on God Bless Nothing are heartfelt and powerful:

“His messengers thump the bible
Like a gavel on my head
Christ, with all this hypocrisy
I believe you were better off dead.”

Wow. The lyrics on Ragged Head are so descriptive and sad. Actually, the lyrics are the best part about these songs for me since the music is a bit too country for my tastes.

They’re a talented group, there’s no doubt about that. So if you like this sort of thing, you will probably like the Rusticators too.

Stand out song: The Passenger, God Bless Nothing.

Track Listing
1. Big Blue Sky
2. Love Covers Over Me
3. Journey to War
4. Summer
5. Wicked Ways
6. Jersey Street
7. I’m with You
8. Ragged Head
9. Talking with the Dead
10. Son of Mine
11. The Passenger
12. God Bless Nothing
13. Silver Toes

[The Rusticators Official Site]

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