"Lyrically, 'Alaska' is concerned with navigating change. For many people, self-transformation is a terrifying exercise, so we look everywhere for capable guides. Rogers is a good one. 'And I walked off you,' she sings...'And I walked off an old me.' This might seem a straightforward victory—the narrator has unburdened herself—but Rogers’s plainspoken acknowledgment of the self-destruction that accompanies true metamorphosis is eloquent."

"The process, she suggests, is twofold: first you relinquish the thing you loved, then you relinquish the part of yourself that loved it."