I think. I mean, it's actually a brave move. I think Rihanna and her team already knew that this isn't gonna be as commercially successful as Good Girl but they still put it out just to add that deep, personal touch to Rihanna's discography. Other than that, it's very much different to what other mainstream stuff we hear around the time Rated R was released. Lyrically, it's amazing as well.
hard to say if any album would considered by everyone her best work, but if anything it certainly wouldn't be Rated R imo. it did so poorly with the public and critics. don't get me wrong, it's a good album, but i just don't get the vibe that it impacted anything.