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Lucinda Williams — Hot Blood
Album: Sweet Old World
Avg rating:
6.1

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Total ratings: 907









Released: 1992
Length: 5:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Just a shakin' in my knees, just a cold chill
Don't know what it is, just call it a thrill
Just a lump in my throat, just hot blood
Don't know what it is, some call it love
Well I saw you out in your car
You had the top down, you were drivin' real slow

Well I saw you in the grocery store
Buyin' tomatoes for a casserole

Well I saw you in the laundrymat
Washin' your clothes, gettin' all the dirt out

Well I saw you with your car broke down
Fixin' your flat with a tire iron
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I don't know what everyone else is hearing, but this gets totally down and funky.  Great stuff.
 Steely_D wrote:
All I can think of when I hear the vocal trick at the end of the line: how will it sound when her voice can't do it live anymore?
 I don't know. Maybe you could ask Bono.

 coyote620 wrote:

I agree.  To me it ends up being irritating.
 
That's  what makes it for me.  Some people like Brussels  sprouts.
 coyote620 wrote:

I agree.  To me it ends up being irritating.
 

Concur, it's totally off putting for me.. 
 sqqqrly wrote:
That break in her voice at the end of every line just makes it so annoying
 

There I fixed it for you
That break in her voice at the end of every line just makes it.
This song is absolutely filthy in all the right ways. Keep it coming. 
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Dyke Rock about men
 
Says he....insecurely looking at his shoes.....And, rude, to put it nicely.
 ckcotton wrote:
Not sure this child be any more annoying..... It just goes on and on and on.....
 
Child?? She's 67y.o., for chrissake!!! Far from being a child!! And, likely has more talent in her index finger, than you do, period!! Hater!!
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Not one of her better efforts, IMHO 
 
You only say that cuz you're a Texan and she's a Loisianan! Lol  I know....lived in both states!! IMHO, Louisiana is far better, in so many ways. Texas, eh, it has it's own. And, proud to boast of it!! LA folks are just all around nicer. As for Lucinda.... she's 9yrs my senior, but would still gladly wine & dine her, as if she were still in her 20's!!! She's just too cool. IMHO. As far as her efforts....I'm quite sure she doesn't really care what YOUR opinion is! She's got enuff accolades, that yours is basically insignificant.
 Alastair wrote:
Well, that upward inflection at the end of lines in the verse isn't really effing annoying, oh no.
 
You bet! ...her voice good.  too bad she ruined this song by doing that!
Well, that upward inflection at the end of lines in the verse isn't really effing annoying, oh no.
 Baby_M wrote:
That break in her voice at the end of every line just ruins it.
 
I agree.  To me it ends up being irritating.
 Baby_M wrote:
That break in her voice at the end of every line just ruins it.

 
To me, it is reminiscent of Hank Williams. I like it.
Cranked and loving it  :)  
ecomaniac wrote:
5.9?  This is sublime!  You guys aren't listening to it right.  Crank.  It.

 


 bb_matt wrote:
Painful voice, painful lead guitar work. Horrid.

 
{#Wall}
5.9?  This is sublime!  You guys aren't listening to it right.  Crank.  It.
Not one of her better efforts, IMHO 
nice delivery my dear Lucinda ......
All I can think of when I hear the vocal trick at the end of the line: how will it sound when her voice can't do it live anymore?
 Baby_M wrote:
That break in her voice at the end of every line just ruins it.

 
kinda bluesy to me
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8 easy 
That break in her voice at the end of every line just ruins it.
Gah!
Good song, like the lilt in her quavering voice, farfisa organ and yes the propulsive bass previously mentioned. Horrid would be today's pop music! But each to his own toast and butter!      {#Jump}
 bb_matt wrote:
Painful voice, painful lead guitar work. Horrid.

 
I was going to say the EXACT same....

 
Painful voice, painful lead guitar work. Horrid.
Not sure this child be any more annoying..... It just goes on and on and on.....
ann-oy-ING
Hot Blood, hot song.
Yep, this is annoying.
Reminds me of Amy LaVere's "Washing Machine"--or maybe it's vice versa. 
I really like this.  Rock solid propulsive bass.
"...gettin' all the dirt out."
Indeed. 
Never heard it before - but I like it!  Bluesy, edgy, sexy....go LW!

Puts me in the mind of yodeling in the valley.


Sorry... too yodal eddie who for my liking! {#Headache}
Who knew casserole could be so sexy?
Okay my ears are bleeding now.
I've been liking her more and more. Good one!
Who else can make this line incredibly sexy? :

I saw you in the grocery store
Buying tomatoes
For a casserole
 crockydile wrote:

Except when she sings. This is a form of torture. Her voice repeating the same phrases over an over. {#Stop}
 

This is the second time I've used this same comment tonight (first time in reference to someone disliking Thom Yorke's voice on a Radiohead In Rainbows track), but it's the only authentic reaction I can muster:

In all due respect, are you out of your mind?
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Awesome. Lucinda can do no wrong.
 
Except when she sings. This is a form of torture. Her voice repeating the same phrases over an over. {#Stop}
YES
 Art_Carnage wrote:
Awesome. Lucinda can do no wrong.
 
And this was Before she Really started groovin'


Awesome. Lucinda can do no wrong.
Incredibly dull, but then again this type of music isn't really my thing usually. Each to his own though.
 paulmack wrote:
I guess I must be one of the few who like that little vocal 'trick' upturn she does at the end of a lot of the verse lines. I also love slide guitar - I find the playing here particularly crisp and sinewy - kind of sneaky in the way that the whole tune cranks along. Would have thought it would have a little higher average rating - at least somewhere in the 6's.
 The whole song is so sultry ... I love the way she delivers the lines.  This is just sleazy, bad-ass stuff!  {#Devil_pimp}
Can't believe this only has a 5.7 average. 

I guess I must be one of the few who like that little vocal 'trick' upturn she does at the end of a lot of the verse lines. I also love slide guitar - I find the playing here particularly crisp and sinewy - kind of sneaky in the way that the whole tune cranks along. Would have thought it would have a little higher average rating - at least somewhere in the 6's.
 crazy wrote:
she's like bob dylan or god forbid Niel young, you either hate her or love her, I'm in the middle, some I love, some I could do without
guess it depends on your personal mood
oh yeah, and tom petty
 
Huh? You either hate her or love her, but you're in the middle? How's that possible?

Sounds like Swine Flu symptoms...{#Lol}

I usually like Lucinda Williams but this track is just ...tacky.


 OldFrenchie wrote:

In hell, perhaps..... 
 
...yes, but not exclusively.

she's like bob dylan or god forbid Niel young, you either hate her or love her, I'm in the middle, some I love, some I could do without
guess it depends on your personal mood
oh yeah, and tom petty
 nab3arch wrote:
classic Lucinda- will be playing for eons.
 
In hell, perhaps..... 
Bill, How about restoring "Right in Time" to the playlist and seeing if it draws the same reaction....  Personally, I think Lucinda's even better there.

 element1 wrote:

I do not understand why Bill keeps playing this.  It's full-on adult contemporary — except it's not contemporary... it's early-90s adult contemporary.  This is the sort of music I find in the CD collection of people who have little actual musical interest.

Plus with a 5.7 average rating, the community is clearly not in favor.
 

I have. I love it. I love music. Expand your circle, please.
Hey Maybe Bill plays it cause some of us had still not heard it, and I thoght it was good. Never had heard it before. I like it. Nice and peaceful.

I do not understand why Bill keeps playing this.  It's full-on adult contemporary — except it's not contemporary... it's early-90s adult contemporary.  This is the sort of music I find in the CD collection of people who have little actual musical interest.

Plus with a 5.7 average rating, the community is clearly not in favor.
 Excelsior wrote:
 Hinkamp wrote:
maybe a little less yodel?

 
Maybe a little less Lucinda Williams?
Or a LOT less - even better!

 
Lucinda > trolls.


Don't feed the trolls.

Even if I don't disagree with him on this occasion.
 sharkey wrote:


Stop your bitchin' & complainin".  I move that you move on to a station that has something you like. Say maybe one song. As obviously there's nothing here for you. All in agreement, say yeah!
 
YEAH!!

 Excelsior wrote:


And today
 

Stop your bitchin' & complainin".  I move that you move on to a station that has something you like. Say maybe one song. As obviously there's nothing here for you. All in agreement, say yeah!
Love... the scaaaaariest thing of all!

{#Eek}

Minnie Pearl would be so proud!


 Hinkamp wrote:
maybe a little less yodel?

 
Maybe a little less Lucinda Williams?
Or a LOT less - even better!

maybe a little less yodel?
Lucy, you bad, bad girl.  Turn the burner down.
Excelsior wrote:
There's a new euphemism for you. "Ewwww... I just stepped in some Lucinda Williams."
In general, I don't mind Lucinda, but this particular song annoys me beyond belief.
erichb wrote:
This song is a hot steamy piece of crap.
There's a new euphemism for you. "Ewwww... I just stepped in some Lucinda Williams."
This song is a hot steamy piece of crap.
lanewbie wrote:
Same segue today
And today :frustrated:
Antigone wrote:
ooooh myyyyy ... the segue from I'm On Fire to this ... Is it warm in here, or is it just me? :fire: :clap:
Same segue today
succulent! Succulent, succulent, succulent... :smolder:
sdn wrote:
I like Lucinda Williams in general... but I really can't stand this one. Especially the repetitive shifting into a higher note midway through the last syllable on half the lines. Uck.
I agree. It really gets on my nerves.
ooooh myyyyy ... the segue from I'm On Fire to this ... Is it warm in here, or is it just me? :fire: :clap:
Hot blood indeed!
Great to hear some Lucinda on a friday morning.
LOOCINDER!!!
Has this gal been listenin' to Bonnie? She has good taste..........
Do. Not. Want.
classic Lucinda- will be playing for eons.
geordiezimmerman wrote:
I must get this album, have her other stuff. Is this album all similar to this rather bluesy style? Love her voice in this, when she lifts the note is nice.
Like every Lucinda album, it's a mix of hardship, pain, love of small things and smoky slide guitar
I must get this album, have her other stuff. Is this album all similar to this rather bluesy style? Love her voice in this, when she lifts the note is nice.
What kind of comment was that? Lucinda scary?
sdn wrote:
I like Lucinda Williams in general... but I really can't stand this one. Especially the repetitive shifting into a higher note midway through the last syllable on half the lines. Uck.
I like Lucinda Williams in all her glory... but I'm really taken with this one. Especially the repetitive shifting into a higher note midway through the last syllable on half the lines. YEAH!
Really not bad, but the accompaniment is sooo slick...all hired guns, I bet.
I just bought the whole CD on Amazon.com (via the RP link, of course) thanks to hearing "Hot Blood" on RP. I guess you either love or hate Lucinda's sometimes unintelligible drawl and those distinctive high notes.
I have loved everything I have heard from Lucinda. Thanks Bill for introducing her to me... Ah Bill, always giving me great new music to load my iPod with!
right on. sdn wrote:
I like Lucinda Williams in general... but I really can't stand this one. Especially the repetitive shifting into a higher note midway through the last syllable on half the lines. Uck.
I like Lucinda Williams in general... but I really can't stand this one. Especially the repetitive shifting into a higher note midway through the last syllable on half the lines. Uck.
Curious - I didn't know much of her work, but lately she's been turning up more and more on RP ... I'm generally open to something new, something I haven't heard, but every time I hear something by Lucinda Williams that I hadn't heard before, I like her work less. It gets worse on every listen, doesn't it? It's like multi-layered bad news.
Lighten up huh? Well... the public has spoken and all I can do is echo their thoughts. Sorry Geechee... it is what it is and it is a some kind of pile from a dog! Geecheeboy wrote:
Hey, ya'll lighten up on Lucinda! Looks like a terrible dogpile below.
Excellant music, more!!!!
Vocals are kind of annoying on this one...
OldFrenchie wrote:
More like Bonnie Crappish.
You'll only find wit like that in "Winterpeg".
mattt wrote:
Bad. Could've been good without that falsetto jumping thing she's doing. But it's there, so, bad.
i can't imagine there's a song without it though.
mattt wrote:
Bad. Could've been good without that falsetto jumping thing she's doing. But it's there, so, bad.
Agree, it's irritating
Hey, ya'll lighten up on Lucinda! Looks like a terrible dogpile below.
Bad. Could've been good without that falsetto jumping thing she's doing. But it's there, so, bad.
The_Seeker wrote:
Sounds very Bonnie Raitt-ish doesn't it?
More like Bonnie Crappish.
I love Lucinda (and the rest of this album) but this song is positively wretched. Whoever advised her to keep that high register vocal should be drawn and quartered.
Hey - I knew they invented the suck-o-barf-o rating for something.
Lucy, Lucy, Lucy! Like the sly lyrics and dark humor in this one... -- Saw LW at the Boulder Theater a couple years ago...She and her guitar-man can JAM! and the incredible Michelle Moanin' Mallone played The Trilogy the day or two before... how about some o' THAT, there, Bill? Thanks!
VV wrote:
Ugh, I feel compelled to jab Q-tips into my eardrums to make this pain stop.
Totally agreed!
More vocal variety needed.
Ugh, I feel compelled to jab Q-tips into my eardrums to make this pain stop.
Damn, she makes casserole sexy!
ploafmaster wrote:
Every time she chucks her voice to the higher registers I wanna pull a Bruce Lee move on her throat.
:lol: Even though I don't mind this song, reading this comment made me laugh quite hard.
:skull:
JohnErle wrote:
The older, wiser Lucinda would have found a way to take this song to the next level.
... Let's hope we all get older and wizer and with 14 years of maturity we'll all bound'n'sound like the Lucinda of Today. Loved her then and still Love her Now ... :cool: ... Hot Blood! ...
I'm not sure what happened here. I used to like this song, but I just felt compelled to change my rating from an 8 to a 1... :confused: Oh well, maybe next time I hear it, it will sound better to me than it did today.
Gracious, this is barf-tacular. Every time she chucks her voice to the higher registers I wanna pull a Bruce Lee move on her throat.
The older, wiser Lucinda would have found a way to take this song to the next level.
Sounds very Bonnie Raitt-ish doesn't it?
BooKitty wrote:
You ignorant musical opinion bugs the crap out of me.
Hey BKitty, take a look at the rest of the comments. I am not alone on this one. Lots o' folks simply are not digging this song, and a good many thoroughly detest it. Now, her "Tire Wheels on a Gravel Road" that is a great song...the title alone evokes a vivid image, but this one...ugh. ps. I'm a dog person myself.
I like looking at all of the comments - most are quite negative, but I like it. If you took songs off the list because a few people didn't like it you would have a whole lot of dead airtime.
ChicagoEmily wrote:
Yuck! I have heard of Lucinda Williams before, but this is TERRIBLE. A 2.
agreed :stop:
Thank you, thank you, thank you....I'm not a Lucinda fan but I heard this song somewhere and loved it and had no idea what the title was - I scoured her cds looking for a title that sounded right and never found it. Phew. I can cross that musical mystery off my list.
This is just silly.