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Vandenberg's MoonKings announce new album Rugged And Unplugged

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Vandenberg's MoonKings have announced that they’ll release an acoustic album later this year.

It’s titled Rugged And Unplugged and will feature stripped-back versions of tracks spanning Adrian Vandenberg’s career.

The album is set to arrive on November 23 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Vandenberg says: “For me, the sign of whether a song is good or not, is whether it still stands up when it's completely stripped down to the bare essence of it.

“What I find with acoustic versions of songs you already know, is that they can touch you in a different way than the full band and even orchestral versions. You don't get 'impressed' by big guitars, drums and even orchestras.

“As a performer you can't hide behind all that, so what's left is the emotional content of the performance and the actual song.”

Rugged And Unplugged features Vandenberg and vocalist Jan Hoving and will include the new song Sundown, which closes out the record.

Vandenberg explains: “It was one of those beautiful early evenings in the late summer, the light turning pink, it was quiet and I was doodling away on my acoustic guitar. 

“The melody that pretty much rolled off of my fingers really matched the vibe of that moment so I decided to record it and end the album with it. It felt like a very natural thing to do.”

To mark the album announcement, Vandenberg's MoonKings have released an audio stream of the track Burning Heart.

Vandenberg's MoonKings - Rugged And Unplugged
1. What Doesn’t Kill You
2. Sailing Ships
3. Out Of Reach
4. One Step Behind
5. Burning Heart
6. Walk Away
7. Breathing
8. Sundown