The Universe Smiles Upon You

Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You
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2015 Ratings: #136
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What a super chill LP. This is perfect for pottering and chilling out of a morning, or slowly unwinding in a hazy dream at the end of a night. No idea how it would go with lunch, probably very smoothly indeed.

Essential Track - August Twelve


The Universe Smiles Upon You is a chill Thai funk album. I like DJ's cool drums but I wish Laura's bass was louder. I got obsessed with Khruangbin in March 2020 and I don't know why I stalled over a year to listen to one of their albums. It's the perfect album to bike along the lake to in mid-Autumn.


Some really chill psychedelic music. The type of music you listen to at 2 in the morning and enjoying a good high.

Track Review

Mr. White 7.5/10
Two Fish and an Elephant 8/10
Dern Kala 8/10
Little Joe & Mary 7/10
White Gloves 7.5/10
People Everywhere (Still Alive) 8/10
The Man Who Took My Sunglasses 7.5/10
August Twelve 7.5/10
Balls and Pins 7/10
Zionsville 8/10

Average: 7.6/10


The album starts with Mr. White, an obvious reference to Breaking Bad, so this album is a perfect 10/10. Moving on...
But for real, this is a relaxing album that can get a little old towards the end, but mostly does a fine job overall. For a debut, I really must admit that I like the way this album came out to be - so confident and assertive about the abilities Khruangbin as a band had overall. Honestly, the reason that I didn't like this one more had to be the lack of more instruments or ... read more


REVIEW #19: The Universe Smiles Upon You by Khruangbin

A really solid album to chill with. Each track just flows nicely off one another and, altogether, offers a very nice and relaxing experience. Some of the songs may sound similar at times in their acoustics, especially in the beginning, but that's not a super serious issue if you just want to zone out to this record.

Little Joe & Mary was pretty different from most of the first half of the record. It has a very Hawaiian-style acoustic ... read more


About as chill as you can get - it's arguably Khruangbin at their best. They have absolutely nailed their sound and the result is pure serenity

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Track List

  1. The Universe Smiles Upon You
  2. Mr. White
  3. Two Fish and an Elephant
  4. Dern Kala
  5. Little Joe & Mary
  6. White Gloves
  7. People Everywhere (Still Alive)
  8. The Man Who Took My Sunglasses
  9. August Twelve
  10. Balls and Pins
  11. Zionsville
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Added on: November 5, 2015