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It Must Be Magic (Bonus Tracks)

It Must Be Magic by Teena Marie
Released: May 1981
Label: Motown
Teena Marie's fearlessness is on full display with this watermark of her Motown period. She plays her songs with florid gusto, scatting and ad-libbing while journeying into the mind of Lady Tee. The mood is post-disco R&B, especially when she raps on the ecstatic "Square Biz." The Temptations' famous baritone Otis Williams is a winking angel amid the passions of the title track and "365," but on the scorching ballads "Portuguese Love" and "Yes Indeed" it's just piano and her unrivaled voice. "You remember that night?" she asks in the post-coital bliss of the former. You won't forget.
Mosi Reeves