Following their lauded 2002 debut and 2003's follow up, Life Through One Speaker, Panic When You Find It sees the group take a step back from the acclaim to gain some perspective. Their line-up was overhauled in the three years between albums, with Andre Legace moving to guitar, Brent MacDonald stepping in to cover bass, and Alex Brain (Lucy's brother) coming in on the drums. Of course, the heart of Young and Sexy remained the interplay between Paul Pittman and Lucy Brain, but, with time and patience, they achieved a greater level of complexity and richness with their arrangements and lyrics than they had ever reached before. This album saw Young and Sexy enter the prime of their lives. There is no doubt that, in time, Panic When You Find It will be regarded as a classic of its kind.
Young and Sexy’s sophomore album succeeds where many have failed: it relives classic pop, but doesn’t bruise it with the worst of today’s shticks. It doesn’t sound phoney, it doesn’t get lost in abstruseness, and it’s not made for teenagers to impress their classmates by namedropping. Instead, it is subtle, tactfully arranged and very, very pretty. – Exclaim!
Panic When You Find It is an organic, tightly-produced grower of an album... The more you listen to it, the gentler the voices sound and the more sincere the singer-songwriters’ mewling. New layers are revealed with each listen... Whether you want it to or not, Panic When You Find It will woo you. You might as well give it a break and let it work its gentle magic. – CokeMachineGlow