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It Must Be Magic

Teena Marie

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With It Must Be Magic, Teena Marie shattered musical barriers while remaining true to her idiosyncratic vision as a singer/songwriter. Her final Motown album is an eclectic affair, embracing both smoldering ballads and freewheeling dance floor jams. Marie secures her place in music history by spicing up the ultra-catchy “Square Biz” with a rap interlude, a rare feat for a R&B/pop artist in 1981. Beyond its signature hit, the album delivers everything from socially conscious tunes like “Revolution” (written in response to John Lennon’s murder) to Latin-inflected numbers like “Portuguese Love” and playfully risqué doo-wop tunes (“The Ballad of Cradle Rob & Me”). The swirling string orchestrations of “Where’s California” and “Yes Indeed” show off her emotional resonance as a singer. It Must Be Magic is one of Maria’s landmark works, expressing the full range of what this remarkable artist was capable of. (This 2002 reissue of the album offers some worthy bonus tracks, including an instrumental version of “Square Biz” and selections from a July 1981 show in Long Beach, CA.)

Customer Reviews

It is magic

Lady T at her 80's best every track a winner so much so even though I have the LP i bought it again on ITunes. What can I say but It must be magic - yes indeed it sure is

LADY T !!!

What an album...I first bought this on import many moons ago...and it still sounds fresh today. Teena Marie is one of the most underestimated singer/song writers of all time. Every track on this album is put together so well...some are fun..some makes u dance..others make u cry...Portuguese Love an all time classic...God bless u Teena


Born: 05 March 1956 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be,...
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