Jesse Younan - Media

A Good Day For A Migraine - CD Review
The Age, 19/4/08

By Michael Dwyer

Sydney singer-guitarist Jesse Younan has a percussive fingerpicking style reminiscent of sharpening knives, and he sure knows how to use them. His huge, impeccably calibrated voice is never less than brutally truthful, but what begins as a generic prayer for healing (Medicine Man) unfolds into an intense journal of a damaged life. The centrepiece, Whatever Floats, counts the cost of domestic abuse in devastating strokes that cast a grim pall over later songs of addiction, illness and separation. The tonic is the miraculous beauty of his music, unembellished but for violin or other simple colours, ringing clear and strong in the unassailable refuge of song.