Pop-Ed: It's Britney, b**ch! Kind of.

After leaking online a few days ago, reviews are starting to pour in for Britney Spears' latest release, 'Femme Fatale,' and the consensus seems to be that the pop star has delivered "another 'Blackout,'" which in the parlance of Spears' fans means it's good -- real good.

For many critics and especially the singer's fans, 'Blackout,' the 2007 album released at the height of Spears' private struggles, stands as her greatest achievement as an artist. Sure, she's released bigger albums, ones free of the torment that followed 'Blackout' wherever it went -- be it to that disastrous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards or the embarrassingly cheap-looking, trashy 'Gimme More' video. But with its dark undercurrent and heavy beats, no Spears record has ever felt more authentically her.

Left to her own devices, free of the handlers who took a pretty teenage girl, turned her into the biggest pop star in the world, then forgot to care about the human being inside the machine when she buckled under the pressure of perfection, Spears unleashed her best work. Now, as critics compare her latest to 'Blackout,' it's difficult for this particular mega-fan to not wonder if we've written off the artist behind the pop star before she even got started.