Jonas Brother’s “Waffle House” Review

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Cameron Mitchell, News Editor

Typically, when most think of Waffle House, they think of endless fights and less than desirable customer service. They picture an environment that fosters chaos and repels tranquility. With the Jonas Brother’s new song “Waffle House,” the group portrays the restaurant as the opposite of this common perception.

One of the primary lyrics of the song is “deep conversations at the Waffle House,” which fits beautifully with the imaginative beats throughout. Such a lyric paints the dining establishment as a dwelling place for fellowship and connection, a place that transcends its goal of simply feeding individuals.

Several of the lyrics are similarly unifying and give listeners a relatable sense of dining with their family and/or friends in any eating establishment.

The song begins with a summer vibe, which acclimates listeners to the sounds of a season only a few months in the future.

Then, the beat makes a noticeable entrance, turning the song from a retro summer vibe to a catchy pop song that listeners can easily sing to. The voice of Joe Jonas, the lead singer of the group, immediately follows this entrance with a two-verse part, starting with “we never knew how to forfeit.”

This confident verse, though backed by the chill beats previously mentioned, creates a relatable edginess that complements the catchiness of the background sounds.

This edginess is found throughout the song as he also sings, “that’s why some nights we try to kill each other.”

Each time this fierce lyric is sung, a reassuring sentiment that “but you know it’s always love” follows, which creates a recognizable sense of familial/friendly conflict that listeners may identify with.

As the song concludes with the brothers’ harmonious “na-na-na” (along with Joe’s background vocals) and a final reutterance of “but you know it’s always love,” it is clear what the true premise of the song is.

Though it is named after Waffle House, the song focuses on how the brothers find comfort in what the restaurant offers, not the restaurant itself. Specifically, its ability to bring them together through treacherous and peaceful times.

It allows them to reassure themselves that it’s going to “get figured out” through “deep conversations at the Waffle House,” an emphasis on the importance of connection that all of us should hold dearly throughout our daily lives.