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Songs’ most delicate moment is a charming ballad with shifting time signatures. Magic, in this case, is love, but Stevie didn’t want to use the word again so chose something different.
The arrangement makes the song: If It’s Magic was composed and originally recorded with Stevie at the piano, but he later decided to let harpist Dorothy Ashby, who he considered much underrated, take over, and her playing takes the song somewhere almost heavenly.
Strangely, though, the harmonica outro sounds like a piece of incidental music from just-cancelled geriatric Brit-com Last of the Summer Wine.