So, Beyond The Labyrinth, as he said, was for the complainers.
Very nice write up about Beyond the Labyrinth, but I'd personally word that part a little differently: Beyond the Labyrinth was done while given the freedom to try to create something new. Now more than in the past especially in "AAA" console games there is increasing demand for a very specific kind of sound, and as such composers are essentially typecasted. As such the variety that composers are expected to turn in are a far cry from the nostalgic heydays when due to technological limitations anything melodic was welcomed.
Those who don't like Sakuraba's "usual" output should definitely give Beyond the Labyrinth a listen. Much of his stuff for more popular games gets flakes for being "same-y" in a way plenty people often show blanket dislike for whole genres for sounding too same-y (jazz, classic etc.), and in that way Beyond the Labyrinth is indeed a deviation.