Although I have always been a fan of Syleena and her distinctive, powerful vocals, I hesitantly purchased Labor Pains after being disappointed by Chapter 3. At first listen I wondered whether I should have given up on Syleena after the brilliant "I Just Wanna Let Go" and "I Believe in Love" in 2003. However, despite the attempts to lure new, younger fans with vocoder (Where's The Love and chat show parody(Maury Povich) there are some classic tracks.
"Freedom" is back to what Syleena does best, soaring vocals and strong, inspirational lyrics. "Is it Because I'm Black" and "Be Me" are both standout tracks with honest and heartfelt lyrics. "You Let Me Down" and "Your Love" are both strong tracks, with the latter being the albums requisite emotional ballad.
There are enough quality songs here to keep Syleena's fans happy as well as something different to appeal to a wider market. In my opinion it is nowhere near as good as chapters 1 and 2 and could do with a few tracks being cut, particularly the intro, outro and interlude but it's definately worth a listen as there are gems to be found.