The Catalyst

From the Album The Catalyst
August 3, 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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  • Duration: 5:39 minutes
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  • ASIN: B003X3H09K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,308 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By W. Amores on August 3, 2010
Linkin Park keeps reinventing themselves and I LOVE IT! This is definitely different. It sounds more electronic, almost like a dance beat, but with an anthem to it. I know... it's really hard to put a description. (Yeah, they did that on purpose.) It might be something that you need to listen to a few times. Even though LP's music is always evolving, there are a couple things that you will find constant: deep lyrics and profound emotion. Their lyrics are universal, you can always relate to what they are saying. Chester's just got that emotion whenever he sings, you can feel it. As for this song, it sounds like that at times they have the rest of the band singing with Chester. Kinda like what they did on the chorus of "Hands Held High" from Minutes to Midnight.

Here's my advice to those LP fans that are more of a rock music fan: listen to this song with an open mind, without expectations. Listen to this song more than once and I can almost guarantee you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Moreno on August 23, 2011
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Linkin park has done nothing but amaze me with every song they create and this song does just that. I love Linkin Park, I love this song, I love amazon and this was totally worth the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo on February 9, 2011
To all other reviews:

Sadly you lack on listening comprehension:

For the song and the band:

I can tell you that I have been a fan of LP for quite a long time, however, this could be their masterpiece, their muse, making a song about reality and actuality, a message itself which represents what mankind had done so far with themselves, and yes, I incluse myself in this statement, being a hipocryte isn't my style, futhermore, it introduces itself as a eye-opener, our world, society itself, one cannot trust no one anymore because of selfishness and greed, quite sad tho, now this times of I think only in me, rest of the world isn't my problem, this mentality is the catalyst for mankind's destruction, and it needs to be stopped badly, it has already reached our children (go to the nearest kid around and ask what he whats for him/her when they grow up, sadly, I fould one who told me that wanted to become a hub (lazy-do nothing-living on government help) this is sad, bad to the limit, what have we become? that's the question, when we reach to our brothers and sisters and persecute 'em because of their color of skin? language? believes? this is the statement of LP, try to change the world rubbing in its face the reality of it's people, that is the main reason of why I like linkin park, one friend a long time taught me this "one as a person, cannot identify it's own mistakes, it needs a true friend to show you the mistake of your actions, and correct 'em on time before its too late"
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rafael J Llavona on August 3, 2010
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Reviewing the Catalyst is a bit tough. You see, the thing is, the first time I heard the song I didn't really like it much. There were a few reasons, one, it sounded nothing like I expected it to, two, there's so much going on it's easy to miss some of the layers this song has, and 3, the lyrics are a bit repetitive. Having said that, this song grew on me, a lot! This isn't a song that you can listen to once and make a good judgment on, this song demands many listens. Also, you want to make sure you listen to it with a decent set of headphones or speakers with a sub-woofer so that you can actually hear everything. The first time I heard it was through the speakers of my laptop, which is not exactly the best way to listen to anything. A lot of the song was lost on me listening through my laptop. Next, I listened to it on some nice speakers and was floored. Sounds and instruments that I didn't hear before, such as guitars and bass, jumped out at me and made the experience so much better. Now over 20 listens later, I absolutely love this song!

For those of you that are apprehensive about the song, I just ask you clear your mind of what you think Linkin Park should sound like and listen to this with some good speakers and just experience it. For those of you who want Nu-metal LP back, I'm just gonna ask you one question, how well did sticking to Nu-Metal turn out for Limp Bizkit? Are they relevant anymore? Didn't think so. Good bands evolve, and that's what Linkin Park has done.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cory C. on August 14, 2010
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A catalyst can be defined as a person or thing that precipitates an event. This song does exactly that. The event in this case is the continuous evolution that Linkin Park has been going through ever since Minutes to Midnight. The Catalyst is vastly different than any other song Linkin Park has done before. It is a song that exemplifies the band's commitment to constant metamorphosis and reveals that the new sound Linkin Park is pursing and striving for is a thing of beauty.

The first half of the song focuses heavily on subjugating drums, a mixture of synth/electronic elements to create an even more intense and forceful background, and distant guitars to surreptitiously embellish an already driving and impulsive track. The next half of the song, and the best part in my opinion, is when the song transitions from the very quick paced and impelling opening to a very climatic and thunderous conclusion with empowering piano chords, ambient guitars, subdued synths, and resounding drums. Lyrically, The Catalyst diverges from the traditional verse, chorus, bridge song structure and embraces very stripped down and catchy chants and refrains. It is a varied and wholly satisfying performance by Linkin Park.

Overall, I believe that this song is a step in the right direction for Linkin Park. A very refreshing and welcomed change from other songs that flood the airways and a fascinating reincarnation of the band's sound.
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