This lovely Electric Light Orchestra song, one of the best tracks on their breakthrough album Face The Music, is a fine example of songwriter Jeff Lynne’s skill at creating ballads that are as memorably hook-laden as his uptempo pop tunes. The lyrics of "Strange Magic" have a psychedelic tinge as its narrator describes the woman who has bewitched him in otherworldly terms: "You’re sailing softly through the sun/In a broken stone age dawn/You fly so high/I get a strange magic." The music lives up to the fanciful style of the lyrics with a gorgeous melody that blends mellow ascending verse melodies with an airy chorus that builds to a stirring peak on its final lines. Electric Light Orchestra’s recording of "Strange Magic" plays up the hooks in this melody and adds even more with its crafty arrangement, including a stunning intro full of swirling strings, some George Harrison-styled slide guitar riffs, and a complex backing vocal arrangement that layers on piles on a vast array of counter-harmonies as the song progresses. The end result was lush enough to make a good slow dance song but dense enough with hooks to hold up to repeated listens. "Strange Magic" did quite well as a follow-up single to "Evil Woman," peaking in the pop chart top-20 and becoming a radio staple for the group. It remains a favorite with pop fans today and recently was used to powerful effect during a school dance sequence in The Virgin Suicides.