Foo Fighters: Saint Cecelia EP Vinyl Review

Foo Fighters… On Hiatus?

I woke up one morning to see that Foo Fighters were trending on Facebook and on Reddit. I decided to check the news to see what was going on, and I was not ready for what I read. Dave Grohl addressed a beautiful letter to his fans (and fans of the Foo Fighters) stating that the band would be going on hiatus. It was so eloquently written that it actually brought me to tears. At the end of the letter, he stated that he and the band recorded an EP and released it for free for the fans. The second I heard that they released the EP, I bought it on vinyl. It was quite rash since shipping was almost the worth of the entire record, but I figured it was the Foo Fighters and they deserved the money. A couple months later, I got the vinyl and this is my review of the vinyl. I received the vinyl weeks ago, probably well over a month ago, but my setup was incomplete and needed some adjustment.

Saint cecilia

Gear Used

Turntable: Technics SL-1200 MK2 with stock rubber mat. No modifications

Cartridge: Shure M97XE tracking at 1.65 grams with the stabilizer down during playback.

Preamp- ART DJ PREII

Audio Interface: Scarlett 2i2

Headphones: Audio Technica ATH M50 S

My turntable goes into the preamp which then sends the signal to the audio interface via the input jacks, which is then monitored through the headphones. The Preamp is at +6 dB and the monitoring level is at 12 o’clock.

Review

I’ve listened to the FLAC files that were provided on the Foo Fighter website when the letter was released. I really enjoyed “Saint Cecilia”, “Sean”, and “The Neverending Sigh”. “Iron Rooster” was a little too slow for me, and “Savior Breath”, despite the clever word play, was a little too rough around the edges for me. I’ve heard the FLAC files a bunch of times, but this is my second or third time listening to the record on vinyl. “Savior Breath” sounded even worse on vinyl than it did digitally. It sounded poorly mixed from what I could tell. “Saint Cecilia” was a high point for me as was “Neverending Sigh”. I read that Grohl had the riff for “Neverending Sigh” for years, since the days of The Color and the Shape, but he never found a song to put it into. I’m glad it finally got to see the light of day just because of how good of a riff it is. The song sounded a lot tighter to me personally. I loved how the bass was pretty much driving the song in this case. I thought this EP overall was pretty good besides “Savior Breath”, and I’m glad to own it.

Edited by Lauren Fabrizio

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