"I feel Graham had gone a long way with me. I’ve known him for so long that I couldn’t not be sensitive to his… I write good songs and I have a different kind of musical sense to him, and when the two are put together properly it’s really really strong. We really tried on this record to make a balance. He’s growing up as well. We just happened to make a leap at the same time. And him giving up drinking was massively important, because it returned our relationship to what is used to be and I could communicate with him. I got really frustrated and upset… I never stopped loving him. Well he’s like a brother really."
Damon Albarn on the Blur album | NME Jan 11, 1997 (via damonalbarn