Sorry man, I've got to whole heartedly disagree with you. I think this has hints of every album since Life in General, but it absolutely screams Everpassing Moment to me. A good BEAA influence too, minus BEAA's lame songs.
I've heard it probably 20 times through and stand by this observation. Any track specific questions/disagreements I'd love to hear.
Honestly a lot of it is production quality. The production has been upped on all albums after SGTWOTB, in my opinion which is why it's hard to compare the specific sound to earlier albums.