I'm just glad that Uematsu is not involved, or only minimally involved, with ARR's music. Especially after 1.0.
I know I've beaten that horse several times now (I actually remember one case of downvote oblivion for it on a thread I started months and months ago, and I hardly ever keep track of that), but what he did for 1.0 was just ... not ... good. If the music was decent, it was wholly unfitting of the environment or theme. It says a lot to me when I would sooner listen to the same open field battle music that plays over most every zone in ARR right now instead of the three individual songs that he put out for Limsa's, Gridania's, and Ul'dah's regions.
Uematsu has had something of a synthpop feel to his stuff when it comes to those sort of dramatic or combat-driven situations since the PSOne era, and that's all well and good for a game like VII, or VIII, or X. But it never fit with the feel of 1.0, and I don't think his style or method would fit in well with ARR either, were he suddenly given lead composing duties.
I think I heard someone mention once that he may not have had much direction given to him in regards to the sort of music they were looking for in 1.0 before having to compose the majority of it, so I don't know. Either way, ARR as a whole is an upgrade, and I'm glad he's off doing something else and leaving this one to the other composers at Square-Enix this time around.
(... though I'll admit that I liked Original Ul'dah better than ARR Ul'dah. It has more of a, in my opinion, fitting bazaar music sort of appeal to it.)
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