Released: June, 1977
And then comes Like a Hurricane (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yxiu1o63CA).
Every so often you come across an album that contains a centerpiece, which is the case here. Like a Hurricane pulls everything on ‘Stars ‘n Bars’ together. It makes the album coherent, which I do not believe it would be otherwise. If the concept here is indeed a love-lost-fueled weekend bender, the aftereffect of what transpires in Like a Hurricane - that being renewed passion - makes it all worthwhile. The most obvious cause is the focus of the singer’s desires, the woman he meets at the bar – the eye of the hurricane so to speak. But there are other positive spinoffs as well. One stanza in the song is particularly poignant. It’s the concept of the singer escaping to “somewhere safer where the feeling stays”. I believe this is a songwriter’s declaration…. to hold on to these emotions inside so you can find a way to express them before losing the intensity of it all. It’s actually the goal of any artist.