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Grammys 2020: Eligibility period ends with acclaimed new releases from Tool, Lana Del Rey, Common and more

Grammys 2020: Eligibility period ends with acclaimed new releases from Tool, Lana Del Rey, Common and more

It’s no surprise that there have been a glut of high-profile music releases crowding into the tail end of August. Since August 23 alone we’ve seen new albums from Missy Elliott (“Iconology”), Taylor Swift (“Lover”), Raphael Saadiq (“Jimmy Lee”) and Tanya Tucker (“While I’m Livin'”), to name a few. That may be due in no small part to the new Grammy eligibility deadline, August 31. So on Friday, August 30, we got another batch of big names dropping their latest collections just in the nick of time.

The most acclaimed of those may be Tool, whose “Fear Inoculum” has a MetaCritic score of 89 as of this writing, making it one of the highest rated albums of 2019. It’s the metal group’s first album in 13 years following their platinum-selling “10,000 Days” in 2006. There have been numerous delays since then, but critics are saying it was “worth the wait” and “lives up to its daunting expectations.

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