With her re-recording of the seminal 2008 album Fearless just around the corner, Taylor Swift is gearing up with more leaked music. She’s now pulled another tune “out of the vault,” sharing the previously unheard “Mr. Perfectly Fine.”
Featuring Swift’s signature emotional clarity and centered on the aftermath of a one-sided breakup, the new track was written during the sessions for Fearless, but didn’t make the album — and that may be because it was ahead of its time.
Feeling like a crisp combo of Swift’s older country hits and more recent pop work, soft strummed guitars back Swift’s incisive vocal and some smart word play, as the superstar tells off an uncaring jerk of a former flame. To be sure, that would have felt right at home on the original Fearless. But with a propulsive rock beat and a layered backing vocals underneath, “Mr. Perfectly Fine” was a never-heard hint of what was to come.
“Hello Mr. ‘Perfectly fine’ / How’s your heart after breaking mine? / Mr. Always at the right place at the right time, baby / Hello Mr. Casually cruel / Mr. Everything revolves around you / I’ve been Miss Misery since your goodbye / And you’re Mr. Perfectly fine,” goes the tight, broken-hearted chorus.
Like a few other early releases — like “You All Over Me” (featuring Maren Morris) — “Mr. Perfectly Fine” was written while Swift was working toward her Grammy Album of the Year winning sophomore album, Fearless.
Vowing to re-record all six of her earliest albums in order to re-claim control of her work, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will now arrive on Friday (April 9), as the hit maker reproduces each track as close to the original as she can, and adds unrecorded “From the Vault” tracks like “Mr. Perfectly Fine” — plus two more featuring Keith Urban.
The massive undertaking stems from the controversial sale of her former record label in 2019, which gave ownership of her master recordings to an outside party, and Taylor Swift recently shared its complete track list.