Allison Russell Album Review: The Returner

Jordan Mainzer
September 29, 2023
Since I left You

On “Springtime”, the first track on Allison Russell’s second solo album The Returner, she admits she “used to think that I was doomed.” If her debut Outside Child was about her journey to overcome abuse she suffered as a child, The Returner is a tribute to survivors relearning joy, and the complexity thereof. Russell’s inherent hopefulness does not prevent moments of doubt from flourishing alongside mantras of self-worth; she therapeutically presents these raw feelings non-linearly, making The Returner a jaw-dropping manifestation of her struggle.

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