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