It's amazing that as down and out as the Mekons were at this point, they could manage to summon up the emotional wherewithal to make a record as excellent as Curse, but they did. The title most definitely reflects the band's mindset at this time, but this is not the music of self-pity and despair ("We're right in all we distrust," yelps Greenhaigh on the title track); in fact, if it weren't for The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll, this might be the Mekons' finest moment.
Politically charged songs despairing about communism and capitalism, a return to C&W (Sally Timms' passionate reading of John Anderson's "Wild and Blue"), and a dig at America's status as the world's only post-Cold War superpower ("100% Song"). Heady stuff, and not all happy, but remarkably assured and very rewarding.
Recorded during a period when he was gradually returning to jazz from a studio career, Bud Shank (who was a member of the L.A. Four with Laurindo Almeida during the period) doubles on alto and flute on this set with trumpeter Bobby Shew, pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Fred Atwood and drummer Larry Bunker. With the exception of "Here's That Rainy Day," all of the music was composed by either Shank or Wofford, and the playing is excellent.