The Catalyst

August 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

$1.29
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  • Original Release Date: August 2, 2010
  • Release Date: August 2, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2010 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 5:39
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  • ASIN: B003X3CO96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,886 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Wang on August 9, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
So here's the tough part of being a die-hard Linkin Park fan.

After the mixed reception the band got for Minutes to Midnight, one had to wonder - should the band continue to push forward and expand its sound? Or should LP cater to the folks who fell in love with them during the days of Hybrid Theory and come back to a more commercial rap/metal sound that defined their early material?

Well in "The Catalyst" - LP opted to push the envelope way beyond what we heard in Minutes to Midnight. The song starts in an ominous way, followed by a series of shrill (yet melodic) keyboard snipes. A fast deluge of words fly by, as words seem almost seemlessly blend into the almost cacophony of music ... followed by a pulsating bassline effortlessly adding to the mix. As a big fan of LP, I was at first very confused by what I heard. This is definitely not "Faint" or "In the End" or even "What I've Done." This was something new, something radically different from the band and while I wasn't used to it. I found it initially confusing, and I was unsure of how to feel about the song. But by the end of the first listen, I was sure about one thing - it was an exciting new sound and I quickly listed again for the nuances. The dark undertones throughout the song was definitely very strong and it appealed to me.

By the end, the shrill keyboards faded out, as a more deliberate and dark piano line (sort of reminded me of "In the End") blended in, Mike and Chester's voice became more clear. Almost like the sun emerging from a dark could, the song revealed itself to me and it all made sense. Yes, I miss the LP of the past. I still enjoy Hybrid Theory to this day. But I also like this new LP.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alvin Blashmer on August 7, 2010
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The intro is awesome. Starting slow, then gradually adding pieces in. Mike starts his part. Electro drums. BAM. Chester belts out his part. This structure is perfect as the song goes on and they introduce the new synth after the first "chorus" piece. And the breakdown is absolutely orgasmic. This is why I love this band. Linkin Park is unlike ANY other band and they're god damn amazing at what they do. Their electronic sounds and scratching are a fundamental part of who they are, and I love to see them incorporating it in fresh ways. Like the breakdown in New Divide for example. The Catalyst is definitely a song worthy of at least a 9/10 in my opinion. Whether it's Top 5 material or not is questionable, but I absolutely love this song. My confidence in their new album never wavered, and hearing this song makes me proud to have been a loyal fan for the last 10 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abel on April 5, 2011
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This was my first purchase and arrived on time. This being the first single from A Thousand Suns, I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DRG on October 3, 2010
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The Catalyst is a great song. I am a Linkin Park fan and hadn't heard the song before purchasing the CD single. I'm guessing, it isn't getting the radio air play it should be getting.

The music and lyrics featured on The Catalyst are great. It's a catchy song.

The live version of New Divide is great. I liked that song from the film Tranformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. I actually think one of the best things out of that film was New Divide.

The Catalyst CD single is definitely worth the purchase. I plan on purchasing, A Thousand Suns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2010
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This is absolutely different from anything they have ever done. It took me a while to fall in love, but fall in love I did. If you are expecting the usual Linkin Park, you won't find it here. Keep your mind open and you will love this. So excited to hear the rest of the album. This band is the best band in the world!!
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