The opening comes in slow, stately, and I can hear Ged using his (apparently insanely strong) fingernail to get a tone most guys get from a pick. The sudden vocal chorus effect at "distant overture" works really well. A little gimmicky, perhaps, but I think you can afford a gimmick or to when you have this band's chops.
The following instrumental break keeps the same steady 4/4 pace but brings in new themes and a much harder edge. Alex really takes center stage here, with Neil and Ged giving him plenty of room to maneuver. It's about 2:12 before they attract any attention to themselves, and even then, they bring in a little something special for show and tell, then go back to their seats. The introduction of the synth line around 2:45 starts to invest in a theme that doesn't pay off for almost a full minute, and I pause here to salute such compositional mojo.
That synth movement and accompanied "for once..." lyric doesn't do a lot for me. Good rock just got soft and sappy. I request metal, and since I have heard the song before, my request shall be granted around the 4:54 mark.
I think this movement is in alernating 6 and 7, and I can never get enough of that crazy time signature mojo. I also love Neil's play - I have no idea what he's on, but he's getting tinny-sounding rim hits, then bashing snares, then getting a shuffling high hat thing going, and then back again, and oh hey, a quick fill on the toms. The time signature may repeat, but nothing else has to!
Coming next, when I can take a break from tanks: two songs I like even less than this one!