Don't know what it is. With the odd exception, I never really cared for Yared before. But in recent years, I've loved almost everything he's done -- very much my cup of tea now with melodic elegance, small ensembles, sophisticated orchestrations. Like the wonderful piano and woodwind flourishes in this. I think it may have something to do with his refusal to adher to various contemporary tropes, and just do his thing. Refreshingly and uncompromisingly retro.
I guess what I'm curious about is: did Yared himself change (I haven't noticed a significant shift in his style), or is this just a matter of your own taste changing?
No, I haven't yet properly re-explored Yared's previous work. It's on my to-do list. For sure, there were some I liked even back then, but I'm curious to see what I now think about both those and the other ones I found 'boring' at the time.