I used mesh tape once......Once. Never again. The only redeaming factor of mesh tape is that it's easy to apply. I have found that mesh tape doesn't hold up worth a darn and doesn't have the strenght to hold up under stress as well as paper tape.
There has also been a suggestion here to use Durabond. My opinion is that refular durabond will only ecxacerbate the situation. The harder something is, the less flexible it is. I use a lot of USG/drywall's "EasySand" compound which is lighter weight and much easier to sand and work with than durabond, but even this stuff has it's limitations.