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Rat in the Kitchen

Rat in the Kitchen
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Studio album by
Released 28 July 1986
Genre Reggae
Length 43:06
Label DEP International LPDEP11
Producer UB40
UB40 chronology
Baggariddim

(1985)
Rat in the Kitchen

(1986)
The Best of UB40 - Volume One

(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [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 [ edit ]

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

Track listing [ edit ]

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

Personnel [ edit ]

Certifications and sales [ edit ]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[9] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Rat in the Kitchen - UB40 - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ MATSUMOTO, JON (12 October 1986). "Ub40 Gets Sharp" – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: ub40". www.robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ "UB40: Rat In The Kitchen : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 2 October 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Official charts – UK – UB40". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Rat in the Kitchen - UB40 - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "UB40 - UB40 - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – UB 40 – Rat In The Kitchen" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 10 June 2019.Enter Rat In The Kitchen in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  9. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – UB 40 – Rat In The Kitchen". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – UB40 – Rat In The Kitchen". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 June 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Rat In The Kitchen in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

Follow-up [ edit ]

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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