I'm just going to point out how War is their take at a punk song, so expecting just about anything other than what we got was a bit silly, and you would absolutely be let down. From the moment I heard that War was punk, I knew it would be incredibly simplistic instrumentally and lyrically. You don't have to like it, though. Regarding the actual topic, I'm able to look past sub-par lyrics if the melody is good and the instrumental has substance. Until It's Gone is honestly the best example of this. The lyrics are pretty shit, especially when compared to some of the other tracks on the album, but Chester's delivery and the rather atmospheric instrumental saves it. I think that ATS was their best effort in regards to instrumental substance and lyrical power. While yes, there were moments where there was room for more texture to give that extra punch to the song, the album as a whole does a pretty good job in my opinion. Tracks like The Requiem, which used a ton of layered tracks and several samples of other songs from the album, really makes for the band's most creative album opener in my opinion. Then there are tracks like Robot Boy, where the instrumental and vocal delivery are both rather monotonous and repetitive for the first 2/3 of the song or so. I actually think that was a brilliant move, and fits well thematically with the song itself. Bigger really isn't always better, though I do still agree that The Catalyst could have benefited from some more creative production, even though it is one of my favorite LP songs.