This bite-sized Rock Opera is a Recursive Fanfiction based on the infamously terrifying My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction, Cupcakes. It takes place during and after a few episodes. It expands upon several ideas that weren't in the original fic, like how Pinkie's father abused her as a filly.
It can be found on Soundcloud here.
Something Broke contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The song weaves two episodes from the actual show into its storyline, and it works surprisingly well.
- Abusive Parents: Pinkie's father, assuming her cutie mark story wasn't all true.
- Book-Ends / Dark Reprise: The first and last songs (after "Let's Begin, which was a preface) have the same beginnings and middles, with similar titles.
- Careful with That Axe: The ending is a textbook example (see Last Note Nightmare below for details).
- Creator Backlash: Tarby doesn't hate the song, but he's somewhat annoyed that it overshadows his other work.
- Dark Reprise: "Hide the Body" is a slow, melancholy version of "Art of the Dress" whose ending reprises "Cupcakes". The album's final track combines this with Lyrical Dissonance.
- Epic Rocking: If you count the whole thing as one song.
- Freudian Excuse: Pinkie has one now, in that her dad took advantage of her when she was young.
- Last Note Nightmare: At the end of the final track, Tarby goes from singing to screaming on a dime and the music suddenly becomes loud, dissonant, and abrasive, before cutting into a series of dissonant, lonely guitar notes.
- In the Style of...: The third part ("Young Fliers' Competition) sounds a lot like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, complete with funky guitar, informal, slang-filled lyrics, and gratuitous swearing.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In this adaptation, Pinkie sells the cupcakes.
- Mood Whiplash: Once again, the ending.
- Sampling: The Skull Kid's scream can be heard towards the end of "Late-Night Accident."
- Scare Chord: The ending of "Practice Makes Perfect (Crime)."
- Spiritual Successor: It's like The Wall written for ponies.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Pinkamena takes over, starting during Awakening, and finishing during Hide The Body.