Uematsu I like to think is 50% responsible for how special FF used to be. I don't think he can make a bad score. The Last Story is his weakest I know of and even it's still great. The music was the only good part of X. After he left no FF soundtrack has been worth listening to.
No way. XIII soundtrack was sublime. The main battle theme so good I could never get tire of listening to.. and thats only one of the tracks.
While no Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu is a great composer.