The bizarre, pro-New Jersey rap breakdown "Shakedown" plods with clumsy lines and generic metal riffs, while "Rules for Living" meanders along with few hooks and fluffy, inconsequential light-rock posturing. Even the new-wave-flavored zing of the otherwise excellent "Golden Rod" extends for a minute or two longer than necessary.
But Curse isn't a total nightmare: The Billboard top 10 dance hit "Good Boys" is a crystalline discotheque classic rife with snaky, Chic-like licks; "Desire Brings Me Back" skronks with refreshingly jarring free-jazz saxophone; and "Undone" shimmers with Harry's positively glowing vocals, which have aged into a smoky instrument of seduction. In the end, Curse is simply superfluous, seeing that countless other bands today write Blondie songs infinitely better than Blondie itself.
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