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Rat in the Kitchen

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Rat in the Kitchen

Rat in the Kitchen
Studio album by UB40
Released 28 July 1986
Genre Reggae
Length 43:06
Label DEP International LPDEP11
Producer UB40
UB40 chronology
Rat in the Kitchen
The Best of UB40 - Volume One
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Los Angeles Times (favorable)[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]

Rat in the Kitchen is the seventh album by UB40, released in July 1986. This album contained two UK hits, "Sing Our Own Song" (UK No. 5 in 1986) and "Rat in Mi Kitchen" (UK No. 12 in 1987).[5] The album itself reached 8 in the UK album charts in 1986 staying in the charts for twenty weeks.[5] The album provoked a positive reception from critics.


  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4
  • Follow-up 5


Allmusic said the album was "as usual, a tuneful collection of reggae"[6] and later described the album as "edgy".[7]

Track listing

All tracks composed by UB40

  1. "All I Want to Do" – 5:33
  2. "You Could Meet Somebody" – 4:52
  3. "Tell It Like It Is" – 3:36
  4. "The Elevator" – 3:25
  5. "Watchdogs" – 4:18
  6. "Rat in Mi Kitchen" – 6:58
  7. "Looking Down at My Reflection" – 3:27
  8. "Don't Blame Me" – 3:36
  9. "Sing Our Own Song" – 7:21



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ a b "Official charts – UK – UB40". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^


Following the success of the album, UB40 decided to record a new "sister" studio album. The eventual album, UB40, saw release in 1988 and contained eleven further tracks, including the single "Dancing with the Devil".

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