Happy-go-lucky singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright's prolific output would stretch to include over 20 different albums over many decades, all with his bittersweet style incorporating both sadness and goofball humor. Live at the Cactus Cafe is a document of a 1990 concert recorded at Austin, Texas' collegiate Cactus Cafe rock and folk club. While Wainwright trots out his better-known numbers like the silly "Dead Skunk" or "Unrequited to the Nth Degree," much of the 15-song set list is made up of compositions that were unreleased at the time, including "Jesse Don't Like It," which wouldn't make an official studio appearance until his Social Studies album a full nine years later.
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AllMusic Review by Fred Thomas