“The Catalyst” manages to sound enraged and thoughtful at the same time, a very difficult combination to pull off. All accusations of selling out and going pop seem naive. Just because a song doesn’t have a heavy guitar upfront doesn’t mean it is pop for a song that is 6 minutes long is the farthest thing from a radio friendly song. “The Catalyst” can be interpreted as a litmus test for their audience where the band is testing their fans.
Ps. The above review (abridged version of my original review) was published in the Delhi edition of The Times of India.