Fronted by a 17-year-old who rails about the perils of puppy love, Damone does flirt with that increasingly unpopular teen pop category.

Fronted by a 17-year-old who rails about the perils of puppy love, Damone does flirt with that increasingly unpopular teen pop category. But the singer —the one named Noelle—and her young bandmates fill their tunes with enough quirky 1980s nostalgia to transcend simple labeling. Named after a character in signature '80s movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Damone features odes to BMX bikes, Chevelle cars, and carwashes on its major-label debut. "At the Mall" delivers embarrassing but hilarious memories of trolling the stores for hours on end in search of hotties and honeys. And while Noelle's voice has a sugary bent to it, the punked-up beats from guitarist/principal songwriter Dave Pino, bassist Vazquez, and drummer Dustin Hengst mold the songs into a well-balanced work.—SA