Fightmaster's debut album clocks in at 36 minutes but seems almost too short for such a good time. They play folk-flavored rock with a '60s feel, using a simple guitar-bass-drums ensemble and male/female vocals reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac. The result is a collection of upbeat and unpretentious songs, some of which tempt the listener to sing along. Especially noteworthy is the title song, which finds singer/bassist Lesley Frost contributing both a strong vocal and a memorable bassline. Other highlights include "Unstable Ground," a song about how "my friends let me down," and the closing track "Whisky Bottle." On this song, Fightmaster demonstrates all their best features: tempo shifts, powerful chording and drumming, and solo vocals from both Frost and her male counterpart, Duke Fightmaster. The songs on this album are simple in structure with easy, conversational lyrics, but there are occasional clever touches of additional instrumentation (harmonica, trumpet), and a cappella harmonies used to kick off tracks. It's not a groundbreaking record but Closer Now is a refreshingly lighthearted sampling of Fightmaster's material.
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AllMusic Review by Lynne Bronstein