I'll agree the music was good, but FF games have a higher standard to live up to.
I miss Umatsu...
The man did create a few good melodies - but really analyze OSTs for their own merit. FF12 did military-like themes and kingdom themes in a brilliant way; while Hamazu seems to know how to create amazing orchestral arrangements in a "climbing the mountain" style.
Uematsu is brilliant, but it is still a hit-or-miss... I personally found his recent work "not bad", and I found him the weakest composer for FFX.
I think he hit his height in 1995-97....FFVIII, while a few tracks were great, was otherwise god awful (any theme that dealth with witches or evil were just downright awful).
You are so wrong it makes my head hurt. Lost Odyssey has an amazing OST. And "To Zanarkand" was the best track in FFX.
I'm not a fan of pure piano tracks (accoustic-solo's work better on me, but that's personally speaking), and I personally find To Zanarkand overrated and kinda boring.
Lost Odyssey was a good sound track - but I find it was in the case that the few good tracks stood out strong from the rest of the barren and boring pieces, his earlier work was way, way, way better.
This whole "Uematsu is the FUKEN SHIIZ!!!" is for the birds - there are other artists who can do it just as, if not better, than he can.
Yoko Shimomura has been able to flex her style brilliantly to match the work she's doing (cutesy work like Kingdom Hearts to the more war and battlefield setting of Front Mission, to the whimsical and fantastic Legend of Mana).
Motoi Sakuraba goes so far as to make comprehensive arrange tracks for nearly every OST he's done. He makes gorgeous classical-esque
pieces for medieval games, but can still bend into jazz
and progressive rock.
Yasunori Mitsuda seems to pick "the good notes"; he knows exactly what's needed for a memorable piece - something that "feels" important
These are only a few of my favorites. I'm really sad to see ALLLLL the credit Uematsu gets, yet a small fraction of that only goes to the other brilliant people in that department.
Mind you, he IS good, but I think he passed his prime.