Civilian is the eleventh and final album by Britishprogressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1980. At this point a near total change of style was in evidence with only a trace of the original verve present. The band lasted only a short time after this outing. This album also marks the return to Columbia Records (the first album on this famous label since the 1972 release Octopus) in the U.S. and Canada. It was cut in the L.A.suburb of Van Nuys in 1979 with former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. At 32 minutes and 41 seconds, it is the shortest album the band has ever released.