It Must Be Obvious2018-08-01T19:33:25+00:00

It Must Be Obvious

It Must Be Obvious is a tribute to some of my influences – featuring covers of songs by: Pet Shop Boys, The Beatles, Depeche Mode, New Order, Duran Duran, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, David Bowie, The Cure, The White Stripes, Muse, John Barry and The Velvet Underground.

I produced and mixed this Space March covers album with an upfront vocal sound and synth-laiden production. It was mastered by Robin Schmidt (OMD).

The best selling tracks across all digital services are my versions of: Muse’s Uprising, Pet Shop Boys’ It Must Be Obvious, Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence and OMD’s Messages.

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The Wave Radio Review

Wow, such a great Album! Space March wows us again! Debuted Craig’s amazing cover of The Love Cats this last Saturday on The Wave with Charlie and people loved it! Next week we will play like the whole album for Texas to enjoy!

Radio Station: KSYM 90.1 FM – San Antonio, Texas
Radio Show: The Wave with Charlie
Publication: Facebook
Date: 1 July 2014
Reviewer/Host: Charlie Castleman

synth.nu Review

Here is a review of It Must Be Obvious on the Swedish synth.nu site. Following is a Google translation (with a few adjustments) from Swedish to English:

When I heard the news late last year that the Australian electro-pop artist Craig Simmons, better known as Space March, would do a cover album, I personally thought it sounded exciting but I had some concerns about it all. The reason for my fears, was a covers album spanning everything from Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, OMD Muse, The Beatles and David Bowie among others. This put a lot of basic requirements and expectations of the artist’s own versions, namely that they must bring something new and more of a personal touch than the original versions. Space March usually have a pretty high minimum standard on his albums, and his last studio album Mountain King from last year, was his best to date. (It ended up on place 6 on my top 10 list of 2013.)

In this regard, I think that Space March deals sometimes quite well with his versions. Amongst other things, the Duran Duran Cover “Do You Believe In Shame” and the Pet Shop Boys eponymous song “It Must Be Obvious” are perfectly good versions that grow every time they are played. The best song on this album of covers, I think, is the instrumental song “Space March” from the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”. It is very nicely done with his obscure and somewhat unpleasant dark feeling that gives a little shiver. However, there are two cover songs where I question the song selection, namely the Depeche Mode Cover “Enjoy The Silence” and the Muse Cover “Uprising”. This cover version of “Enjoy The Silence” is pretty well done, but it would not have been better to have chosen some lesser known songs from these two artists. For example, “Home” and “Starlight” from the two respective artists, I think, probably would have worked out better. It Must Be Obivous is not bad, but not a really good covers album either – it falls somewhere in between, I think. Therefore, I hope that Space March’s upcoming studio album can give us good hopes instead.

Publication: synth.nu
Date: 17 August 2014
Reviewer: Martin Brandhill
Web Site Review Page: synth.nu

Info

Chronology: Album 5
Released (Digital): 12 May 2014
Released (CD): 14 May 2014
Labels: Hark Records / Space March Pty Ltd
Production: All tracks performed, recorded, arranged, produced and mixed by Craig Simmons.
Mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering.
Design by Craig Simmons.
Cover art based on photo by Alex Harris.
# Track Originally by…
01 It Must Be Obvious Pet Shop Boys (1990)
Written by Chris Lowe / Neil Tennant
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
02 Uprising Muse (2009)
Written by Matthew Bellamy
Published by Loosechord Limited
03 Tomorrow Never Knows The Beatles (1966)
Written by John Lennon / Paul McCartney
Published by Northern Songs Catalog
04 Crystal New Order (2001)
Written by Gillian Gilbert / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard Sumner
Published by Warner Chappell Music
05 Do You Believe in Shame? Duran Duran (1989)
Written by Simon Le Bon / Nick Rhodes / John Taylor /
Eleanor Broadwater / Delmar Hawkins / Stanley Lewis
Published by Arc Music Group Catalog (BMG Rights Management US LLC)
06 The Love Cats The Cure (1983)
Written by Robert Smith
Published by Universal Music Corporation
07 My Doorbell The White Stripes (2005)
Written by Jack White
Published by Peppermint Stripe Music
08 Messages Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1980)
Written by Paul Humphreys / Andrew McCluskey
Published by BMG Rights Management US LLC
09 I’m Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground (1967)
Written by Lou Reed
Published by Oakfield Avenue Music
10 Space Oddity David Bowie (1969)
Written by David Bowie
Published by Essex Music International, Inc
11 Enjoy The Silence Depeche Mode (1990)
Written by Martin Gore
Published by EMI Music Publishing
12 Space March John Barry (1967)
Written by John Barry
Published by Unart Music Corp