Why Speed Of Light isn't popular among fans? I'm really curious. I think it's a great song. Or it's just another example of overall strong material in the album. The same can be said about the amount of votes for Death Or Glory, I believe. One of the band's best short songs imo.
The shorter songs in TBOS are really good.
I can only tell you my opinion. I've never been a fan of songs that lean into classic rock (the intro riff, cowbell), just not my style.
I dislike the almost arbitrary key changes and resulting melodies in the verses. Not a fan of the lyrics (gotta admit though, "Shadows in the stars
" is a badass line). Bruce sounds very strained in the chorus.
The instrumental break in the middle is uncharacteristically weak for Maiden standards. There's one note in the guitar melodies that's not played clean, which makes it stand out. This by itself isn't necessarily a problem, but this section is copy/pasted, thus we get to hear the bum note multiple times.
There are probably other reasons as well, but these are my main issues. Was incredibly disappointed when the single released, but thankfully the rest of the album was great and closer to my tastes.