Salaam and Eid Mubarak!
Sorry, Aazeen, didn't see this until now.
While there are different recitation styles that Efaasi uses, I was referring more to the general feeling/emotion behind his older recitations being >> than his recitations now, but that's just my feeling.
Way back in the day, I remember being totally blown away by Surat Al-Waaqi'ah recited by him, masha'Allah. I listened to it so much, I think I broke the tape...anyhow, maybe youtube has his older recitations, so that may be why you don't notice the difference.