A number of recommendations from the "Uematsu Involved with Final Fantasy XIV Online" thread prompted me to give the Lord of Vermilion OST a try. I concur with Adam's description of the soundtrack: "Gritty, generic hard rock, with a few meaningfully melodic exceptions that brought back memories of vintage Uematsu." It leaves little to musical innovation or imagination, but straight up, it's an enjoyable listen through and through. I don't mind the overindulging use of the main theme, as it is a very likeable theme. Under the guise of a simplistic yet sorrowfully-sweet power melody lie a number of very sumptuous hooks. (I've been racking my brain as to which VGM pieces the theme's melody most resembles, because Uematsu or no, I know I've heard fragments of it before. Anyone else feel the same way?)
DAWN of VERMILION ~Opening Theme~ is the first and best rendition of the theme, laying down the foundation for the rest of the score. From here, I do prefer the main section's melody more, the one that's directly reprised in Evil Spirits of Vial Mountain Range. The bridge section's melody is somewhat less memorable, though makes solid showings in Church City's Judge and Abandoned Castle Luxuria. (More striking about these two particular tracks is the way Uematsu implements a borrowed motif from FFIX's Messenger of Destruction. And it's pretty badass.) But my absolute favorite is Masumi Harada's soulfully gorgeous vocal rendition in the end title track LORD of VERMILION, its calm and soothing overtones serving as a counter-stimulant for the rest of the score's high energy performances. This is easily my favorite Uematsu-themed vocal since IX's Melodies of Life.
Points, also, for the satisfying length of the soundtrack. Even if you were to take out the six-minute instrumental version of "LORD of VERMILION", you still end up with a beefy 72 minute listening experience.