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Best-Ever Albums From Metric, John Vanderslice

I've been listening to and loving both the band Metric and multi-talented artist John Vanderslice for several years now, and count several of their albums among my all-time favorites. So I was thrilled when I learned that they'd both have new albums out this spring. I assumed I'd love them, but wasn't expecting to be knocked out as much as I am. From what I've heard, these are the best albums Metric and Vanderslice have ever put out.

The Vanderslice album is called Romanian Names, and won't be released until mid-May, but we've got a sneak-preview cut for you now on the show, called "D.I.A.L.O." It's one of the catchiest and most addictive songs I've heard so far this year. We'll put the whole album up for you to hear, as part of our Exclusive First Listen series, starting May 4.

The voice of Emily Haines, who fronts the band Metric, is simply hypnotic: I totally zone out whenever she's on. Her 2007 solo album, Knives Don't Have Your Back, left me really wanting more, so it's great to hear her back singing some new songs. Fantasies is Metric's fourth album, and first in four years.

You can hear selections from both John Vanderslice's album and Metric's on this week's All Songs Considered. Give a listen and let us know what you think.

Bonus Videos:

Here's Metric doing an acoustic version of "Help, I'm Alive" from the band's new album, Fantasies:

Here's Emily Haines singing "Doctor Blind" from her solo album Knives Don't Have Your Back:

Here's John Vanderslice doing "Exodus Damage" from his 2005 album Pixel Revolt: