Music\u2019s been a part of cinema longer than speech. It plays a huge part in getting a reaction from an audience. It creates the context for the action: it\u2019s the river the words ride. Watch the final scene of Toy Story 3 without Randy Newman\u2019s score and see if you cry so many tears. 2013\u2019s already a great year for film soundtracks; four months in and there are already four albums clogging up Spotify playlists that\u2019d give anything from 2012 a run for its money. They show heart, knowledge and nous. Some are original compositions: some are old friends who\u2019ve found gainful new employment. Some are drawn from Broadway: some from BurgerTime. Les Mis\u00e9rables It sold over 55,000 copies in its first two weeks, a full-length deluxe edition has already been announced, and the highlights filled a few stockings on Mother\u2019s Day. And it managed all this despite Rolling Stone calling it \u201ctune-starved and ridiculous\u201d \u2013 but those indy-haired, Rebecca Black botherers aren\u2019t exactly the target audience. The score\u2019s glorious. Uplifting and affirming in the way only a truly depressing film can be. Even Russell Crowe\u2019s not that bad. Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino can\u2019t have enjoyed being lambasted by one of his heroes. Ennio Morricone may since have played down the level of criticism intended when he said the director \u201cplaces music in his films without coherence,\u201d but there\u2019s no doubt Tarantino\u2019s portmanteau style is divisive. The Django Unchained soundtrack, however, is fantastic: a blend of genres that reinterprets Spaghetti Westerns for the gangsta generation. Put on \u201cFreedom\u201d, strap on your spurs and go for a swagger. Cloud Atlas Decades will decide if Tom Tykwer\u2019s \u201cThe Cloud Atlas Sextet\u201d \u2013 variations of which recur throughout the film\u2019s six narratives, across hundreds of years \u2013 is as timeless as the movie demands For now, be content that it is in turns wistful, tragic, urgent and triumphant. More importantly, enjoy how it convinces as a great work \u2013 in the same way a gifted actor can give the performance of a great statesman, even if he can\u2019t actually go out and lead the free world. Wreck-It Ralph Jump over to YouTube and you\u2019ll find no shortage of nostalgia for video game music, but Henry Jackman\u2019s score has more than the mere novelty value of \u201cSweet Child O\u2019 Mine\u201d emulated in 16-bit. Like the film it accompanies, the soundtrack recognises the art of the arcade, just as it passes into memory. Like black-and-white film, technical restrictions of bleeps and bloops led to new forms of expression: melody conveyed with haiku simplicity.