Love & Other Dreams instantly comes to life from the first note. Opener “Up For Love” begins with a delicate beat as Royce’s soulful delivery instantly takes hold. This simmering groove slips into artful verses before a powerful hook. Elsewhere on the record, handclaps and jazzy guitars power “Mr. Radio,” while “Ballad” illuminates his vocal range over resounding piano chords. “Sunday Morning” speaks to the families of those incarcerated, and “Hero Song” urges for leaders to stand up. Ultimately, Love & Other Dreams illuminates many sides of Royce as he empowers the listener through each moment and shares a timeless message.
“When listeners hear this, I hope they walk away feeling heroic,” he leaves off. “Music doesn't change people. That comes from within. I do think that music can push them over the edge. It’d be amazing if I can help do that.”