• Record Label: NPG
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2009
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Elixer runs the gamut of bland-but-classy R&B, from antiseptic slow jams to rote dance-pop, slick as you'd expect and completely failing to suggest what bunched Prince's panties when he initially discovered Valente.
  2. This attempt at old-fashioned star-making might have worked if Bria Valente had a smidgeon of star charisma but she's merely a pleasantly breathy crooner, slipping easily into Prince's shimmering quiet storm production.
  3. Elixer is at least a more pleasant listen; ignore the Prince mystique and it's a collection of reasonably well-turned pop ballads.
  4. Valente has a pleasant, if thin, voice--she doesn’t have the chops to elevate this material into anything memorable.
  5. A palatable but undistinguished batch of slow- to medium-tempo R&B fare.
  6. It's about average for albums from Prince proteges.
  7. Polite and polished, the music amounts to little more than R&B lite with washes of bossa nova and strings.
  8. 40
    Her ten tracks are disposable, and redeemed only by Prince’s extraordinary production ear.
  9. The third disc, Bria Valente's Elixer, is a tepid afterthought.
  10. The problem is that not enough of Elixer sounds strong or fresh.
  11. Elixir showcases Bria Valente, whose sultry-but-dull vocals don’t foretell great things.
  12. Her 10 strenuously generic tracks are pure R&B Ambien, and the lady is no Sheila E.

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