Mr. Perfectly Fine

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"Mr. Perfectly Fine"
Taylor Swift - Mr. Perfectly Fine.png
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Written2008
ReleasedApril 7, 2021 (2021-04-07)
Recorded2020–2021
GenreCountry pop
Length4:38
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)Taylor Swift
Producer(s)
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"You All Over Me"
(2021)
"Mr. Perfectly Fine"
(2021)
Lyric video
"Mr. Perfectly Fine" on YouTube

"Mr. Perfectly Fine"[a] is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was surprise-released on April 7, 2021, through Republic Records, as a single[1][2] from Swift's first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor's Version). It was written solely by Swift in 2008, and was recorded sometime from November 2020 to January 2021, with production from Swift and Jack Antonoff.

An upbeat country pop tune with rock flavors, energetic guitars and midtempo rhythm, "Mr. Perfectly Fine" is a kiss-off track that describes the tumultuous feelings ensued by the narrator after a derailed romantic relationship, using extensive wordplay. Receiving positive reviews, music critics deemed it a classic Swift song, with compliments towards its witty lyricism and nostalgic breakup theme. "Mr. Perfectly Fine" reached the top 30 region in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. It topped the Billboard Country Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs chart, scoring Swift's 17th and fifth chart-toppers, respectively, and reached number 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart as the third consecutive top-10 single from Fearless (Taylor's Version).

Background and release[edit]

In 2019, American businessman Scooter Braun bought and later re-sold the masters to Taylor Swift's first six studio albums, from Taylor Swift (2006) to Reputation (2017). Swift later expressed the intention to re-record the albums to regain control of her work.[3] The first of these re-recordings, Fearless (Taylor's Version), a re-record of Swift's 2008 album Fearless, was released on April 9, 2021, after being announced on February 11. Alongside the announcement, Swift revealed she would release six songs, all dubbed "from the Vault", that did not make the 2008 album.[4] "You All Over Me (from the Vault)" was the first of these tracks; it was released on March 26, 2021, as a single.[5]

On April 3, the titles to the five remaining "from the Vault" tracks, including "Mr. Perfectly Fine", were released.[6] On April 7, Swift surprise-released "Mr. Perfectly Fine" alongside a lyric video.[7][8]

"Mr. Perfectly Fine" was originally written by Swift in 2008.[9]

Composition[edit]

"Mr. Perfectly Fine" is a mid-tempo, acoustic[10] country pop song[6] with elements of rock music, such as energetic guitars.[11] It runs for four minutes and 38 seconds. Musically, the song is set in the key of D major with a tempo of 136 beats per minute (BPM). Swift's vocals span from G3 to D5.[12] Lyrically, Swift navigates the tumultuous feelings surrounding breakup, using wordplay.[6] Swift includes a mention of "Mr. casually cruel", a phrase which echoes the lyric "So casually cruel in the name of being honest" in Swift's 2012 song "All Too Well".[7]

Critical response[edit]

In a rave review, Vulture's Zoey Haylock wrote that "Mr. Perfectly Fine" brings back memories of "your high-school heartbreak", boasting a "classic T-Swift bridge and a final, soaring chorus". Haylock dubbed the song "a 2008 time capsule".[11] Writing for Rolling Stone, Claire Shaffer noted Swift's "clever wordplay", and described its sound as "a classic Swift mix of country and pop with an added rock edge".[6] Similarly, Jess Cohen of E! News also opined that the lyrics "don't disappoint".[7] Billboard critic Gil Kaufman defined it as a "dreamy, mid-tempo acoustic track" and a "classic Fearless-era Taylor tale of romantic woe". He also pinpointed the workplay—where Swift dubs the subject as "Mr. perfect face," "Mr. here to stay", "Mr. looked me in the eye and told me you would never go away", and "Mr. change of heart", painting a "portrait of a man who says all the rights things at the right time".[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Mr. Perfectly Fine" debuted at number one on Billboard Country Digital Song Sales chart dated April 17, 2021, marking Swift's 17th number one entry on the chart. It replaced her own "You All Over Me" from the top spot.[13][14] Upon the release of Fearless (Taylor's Version), "Mr. Perfectly Fine" skyrocketed to number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, scoring Swift her 26th top-10 entry on the chart. The song drew 14.2 million streams in the US and topped Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart, marking Swift's fifth chart-topper. On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, "Mr. Perfectly Fine" rose to number 30 from its debut of number 90, becoming Swift's 80th entry inside the top 40 of the chart, extending Swift's record for the most top-40 entries among women.[15]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[16]

  • Taylor Swift – vocals, songwriting, production
  • Jack Antonoff – production, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, bass, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming, recording, synthesizer
  • Mikey Freedom Hart – 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar, pedal steel
  • Sean Hutchinson – drums
  • Michael Riddleberger – percussion
  • Evan Smith – saxophones, synthesizer
  • Randy Merrill – mastering
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – engineering
  • Laura Sisk – recording
  • John Rooney – assistant recording
  • Jon Sher – assistant recording
  • Christopher Rowe – vocal engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Mr. Perfectly Fine"
Chart (2021) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[17] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 23
Global 200 (Billboard)[19] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[20] 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 25
Singapore (RIAS)[22] 11
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 7
UK Singles (OCC)[24] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 30
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[26] 2
US Rolling Stone Top 100[27] 11

Release history[edit]

List of release dates and formats for "Mr. Perfectly Fine"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various April 7, 2021 Republic [16][28]
Australia April 9, 2021 Contemporary hit radio Universal Music Australia [29]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alternate versions of the title include "Mr. Perfectly Fine (from the Vault)" and "Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor's Version, from the Vault)".

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wang, Steffanee. "Taylor Swift Shares New 'Fearless' Track, "Mr. Perfectly Fine"". Nylon. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021. The generous queen and pop star has unleashed another single from the album called 'Mr. Perfectly Fine'...
  3. ^ Strauss, Matthew (April 7, 2021). "Listen to Taylor Swift's New 'From the Vault' Song 'Mr. Perfectly Fine'". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on April 7, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
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  7. ^ a b c Cohen, Jess (April 7, 2021). "Taylor Swift's Vault Song "Mr. Perfectly Fine" Is Here and We're So Not Fine". E! Online. Archived from the original on April 10, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
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  11. ^ a b Haylock, Zoe (April 7, 2021). "Taylor Swift Drops 'Mr. Perfectly Fine' From the Vault, Freeing Petty Taylor". Vulture. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
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  16. ^ a b "Credits / Mr. Perfectly Fine / Taylor Swift". Tidal. Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  17. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. April 19, 2021. Archived from the original on April 16, 2021. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
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  21. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 19, 2021. Archived from the original on April 17, 2021. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
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