If that is the blogger I think it is, he seems to get fixated on certain ideas that nobody else, including experts, agree with. In this case, why would one spend a lot more for the new formulation, since it can only be "worse" (unless you don't want the heavily animalic elements and higher quality of ingredients, I'd guess). Using 15 sprays as opposed to one, relative to the cost of a new bottle versus what vintage ones sell for on ebay is just plain stupid.
Note that I recently did a comparison between oldest and the one before the no chrome on shoulders version. My conclusion (always tentative with scents) is that the newer of the two is closer to Sung Homme, in terms of being more blended and with more distinct patchouli. The oldest actually has a kind of "clean" smoke/musk that acts as counterpoint to the animalic elements. The honey seems stronger in the newer of the two, but the oldest has a kind of vanillic/honey, which again keeps it from being too heavy. Of course with a bottle that old it's impossible to know if some elements have weakened but I like the oldest version best by a wide margin. However, probably only a few people would notice these differences, and again it may be due to the effects of time.